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March 24, 2020

What is FPL SolarNow: The Basics and Benefits

FPL SolarNow

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As solar energy continues to grow throughout Florida, you likely have seen solar panels popping up around the state, perhaps at Bayfront Park or floating next to Miami International Airport. Already powering tens of thousands of households in Florida, solar energy is hard to observe up close as solar power plants are usually located in universal solar centers away from highly populated areas.

FPL SolarNow is here to bring solar closer to all of us, putting easily accessible and beautiful solar arrays in our communities across FPL’s service territories. Discover how SolarNow works, the benefits that participants receive and how you can be a part of it!

What is SolarNow and How Does It Work?

SolarNow is a completely voluntary, community-funded solar energy program that allows FPL customers and Florida visitors to experience the power of solar energy at civic hubs like schools, museums, parks, stadiums and ports.

We build solar trees and solar canopies right in the middle of these gathering places so that residents can witness how the environmentally friendly technology works up close. Additionally, these solar arrays create shaded parking and resting areas, which generate 100% clean energy for the electric grid, and some double as mobile-phone charging stations.

All of this is thanks to FPL customers like you, who through a small monthly addition to their electric bills, help fund the construction of these solar energy projects.

What are Solar Trees and Solar Canopies?

Solar trees are artistic, clean energy structures that soak up the sun’s rays and convert them to energy, just like their real-life tree counterparts do through photosynthesis. Solar trees blend seamlessly into any landscape and many even serve as mobile device chargers.

The first two solar trees in the program were planted at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami, and there are now more than 100 active solar trees in Florida.

A solar canopy is a large installation that creates ample shade to cover parking lots or benches while generating clean energy. You can find these powerful structures that protect your ride from the harsh Florida sun at zoos, parks and museums throughout Florida, including the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society in Palm Beach County, Young at Art Museum in Broward County, Palmetto Estuary Preserve in Manatee County and many more.

What Benefits Do Participants Receive?

Beyond knowing that they are in a club that is funding the energy of the future, SolarNow participants receive fun perks for the whole family, like access to free events and discounts from partner organizations. It’s FPL’s way of saying thank you for the support!

With free and discounted entries to local attractions and community events, the benefits of enrolling in FPL’s SolarNow program are endless. Offers are updated throughout the year, and this year we’ve partnered with Brightline to offer SolarNow participants 30% off SMART business class and 10% off SELECT first class through September.

To learn more about upcoming news and offers, visit our Events page.

How Do I Join?

Signing up is just a few clicks away! Simply click “Enroll” at the top of this page. You can also find all the information that you need to know about the program, including an easily sortable list of all active solar trees and solar canopies arranged by county so that you can find the array nearest to you.