April 09, 2019
FPL SolarNow Takes Over the 305
Miami is a city that shines brightly, with glistening skyscrapers, shimmering waterfronts and, of course, radiant sunshine. That’s what makes it such a great location for emerging clean energy innovation.
Soon, even more Miami-Dade residents will be able to see how solar energy is generated as we recently announced 11 new SolarNow locations in partnership with the City of Miami. Voluntarily funded by FPL customers, the SolarNow program brings solar trees and canopies to communities across the state of Florida.
Arrays are already up at Tropical Park, Zoo Miami and the Frost Science Museum, and this year will be our biggest venture into Miami yet. Read on to find out where you can see our solar arrays popping up next!
Coming This Spring
Two solar trees are now delivering clean energy to FPL’s smart grid at Bay of Pigs Memorial Park. A staple of the Flagami neighborhood, visitors to the park can catch a glimpse of the future of energy. Commissioner Manolo Reyes was instrumental in securing approval for the project and he oversaw the final “topping off” of the trees this month.
Bayfront Park needs no introduction, with its jaw-dropping views of Biscayne Bay directly to the east and the skyline of Downtown Miami directly to the west. Visitors going for a jog through the area’s many paths or simply taking in the views can stop by one of seven solar trees that we’re installing to generate clean energy for the grid. And this summer, there will be a solar canopy to go along with the seven completed solar trees.
Coral Gate Park, right near scenic Coral Way, will be home to multiple solar trees – all thanks to SolarNow participants – with three set to be unveiled very soon. Charles Hadley Park on NW 12th Avenue will also have two solar trees installed that will bring shade to the walkway by the playground.
Coming This Summer
Margaret Pace Park is one of the most picturesque locations in all of Miami, located on the shores of Key Biscayne in the bustling Midtown area. The glistening sun will catch more than just the waves in the bay this summer after we install three solar trees in the dog park and a solar canopy over the benches along the water.
Just north of Southwest 8th Street, West End Park hosts sporting events, summer camps and after-school activities. This summer we’re making it one of the biggest SolarNow hubs in the state, with three solar trees and three solar canopies currently under construction.
Coming This Fall
Nestled between I-95 and I-195 is the popular Moore Park, home to a variety of community essentials like a recreation center and playground area. This fall, it will also boast two solar canopies, which—in addition to generating clean energy for the grid—will cover benches to give those relaxing on them relief from the sun.
Melrose Park is a community institution just off NW 27th Avenue in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami. We are constructing a solar canopy adjacent to the playground area that will cast cool shade during the day and shine with installed lighting at night.
Right off Calle Ocho in the heart of Little Havana, locals gather in the historic Domino Park to play dominos and chess. The park will soon receive shade throughout the day thanks to a solar canopy that will also bring more solar energy to the grid every year.
Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center
Construction is complete and Miami’s first universal solar power plant, the FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, is up and running. The 300,000-solar panel site was brought online on February 1 and is already generating clean energy that goes into the grid.
The solar center creates zero emissions and is a virtually silent neighbor for those around it. It also creates enough power to run about 15,000 homes every year and thanks to its environmentally-friendly process, that’s the equivalent of taking 12,000 cars off of the road.
Stop by a SolarNow array in Miami near you!