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August 22, 2023

Creating a Brighter Future with MAST@FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Schools

FPL SolarNow

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Students walking the grounds at MAST@FIU Biscayne Campus can now learn about the power of solar energy while enjoying some shade from the sun under an FPL SolarNow canopy.

MAST@FIU is an innovative, one-of-a-kind institution with a focus on creating a better future for marine wildlife and our environment, which closely aligns with our own mission. What better place to showcase one of our new, 114-panel solar canopies that uses technology to harness the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy available?

See below to learn more about this new FPL SolarNow partner location and how it helps to create a brighter future for us all.


Empowering the Next Generation

The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) is the only public high school in Florida that has a collaborative partnership with a public university and is one of only ten high schools listed on the 2023 Florida Green School Designated School Directory. Located in North Miami, on the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University (FIU), MAST@FIU helps prepare students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The FPL SolarNow solar canopy on campus provides students with shade in between classes and firsthand experience in STEM as they monitor the canopy’s emissions-free solar energy production and the building’s overall energy consumption.


Creating a Clean Environment

MAST@FIU is also the only magnet school in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) that focuses on marine and environmental science. With this emphasis on serving as stewards of our environment, students learn the skills to help bring about innovative solutions that will keep our planet clean for years to come.

FPL SolarNow’s solar canopy supports these same goals through the production of low-cost, emissions-free energy that doesn’t result in harmful pollutants. By investing in state-of-the-art technology that can use renewable resources, FPL is showing how we can generate power for our communities in a sustainable, eco-friendly way.


A Unified Effort

First opened in April of 2023, this new solar canopy symbolizes a joint commitment between M-DCPS, FIU and FPL to sustainability and creating a brighter future for Floridians.

By unifying the efforts of the public and private sectors, we’re helping create opportunities for real change. This partnership further demonstrates our commitment to STEM education as well as our belief that investing in education-related projects such as this will lead to brighter and more productive futures for all.

This extraordinary project demonstrates the remarkable impact we can achieve when individuals unite in a shared vision for a better world. Together, let’s continue to shine a light on the path to a cleaner and more sustainable tomorrow.