The St. Johns County Florida community solar site will be operational by the end of 2020, Florida Power & Light (FPL) reports. The FPL Trailside Solar Energy Center, located off State Road 207, is expected to power approximately 15,000 households in St. Johns County from the 74.5-megawatts of energy being generated.
Though the activation of the Florida community solar site is a milestone for FPL, it’s just a part of a more significant plan. By the end of 2030, FPL hopes to have 30 million solar panels installed – something it calls its 30-by-30 plan. According to an FPL email, the goal is to reduce bills to the “lowest in America” while retaining an image of reliability. FPL plans on drastically increasing its solar portfolio over the next decade to achieve its 30-by-30 goal.
According to a 2019 report by The Record, ten FPL solar projects were planned for operations this year. One of them was a facility in Interlachen in Putnam County. The St. Johns County Florida community solar site will help boost FPL SolarTogether, the company’s larger community solar program.
The program, which launched earlier this year, is the largest of its kind in the nation, FPL confirms. The power and lighting company created the community solar program to help customers who can’t afford costly rooftop panels. Through FPL SolarTogether, homeowners and small businesses are able to subscribe to a site like the St. Johns County solar installation to obtain a specified amount of energy. In return for being a subscriber to the program, they’ll receive a credit on their monthly utility bill to offset the cost of being a member.
FPL states that the SolarTogether program was developed in response to consumer demand for ways to participate in solar. The hope is to reduce utility costs while also reducing their carbon footprint. Through SolarTogether, customers have no significant upfront costs and aren’t locked into a long-term contract. They’re free to cancel their subscription at any time without penalty.
FPL will be accepting subscribers for the new site toward the end of this month. Homeowners can see how much they could save using the online Bill Estimator tool at this link.