One of the cleanest energy organizations in the US has reported designs to fabricate the world’s biggest solar-powered battery system by 2021, it was declared on 28 March.
Florida Power and Light Company’s (FPL) Manatee Energy Storage Center will have 409 megawatts (MW) of capacity, enough to power 100 million iPhone batteries, making it four times greater than the biggest battery framework in operation today.
The energy stockpiling framework is a piece of the organization’s offered to spare clients more than $100m (£76m) while eliminating more than one million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and its facility will be charged by a current FPL solar power plant in Manatee County.
“This is a monumental milestone in realising the full benefits of solar power and yet another example of how FPL is working hard to position Florida as the global gold standard for clean energy,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of the organization.
“Even as we aggressively execute on our plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, we never lose sight of finding innovative ways to bring our customers the benefits of solar energy, even when the sun’s not shining.”
FPL’s facility, which will include a space equivalent to 130 Olympic-sized swimming pools, is a piece of its more extensive modernisation plan.
This expects to give an option in contrast to the two 50-year-old natural gas-generating units at is neighboring power plant, the retirement of which the firm is amidst implementing.
Moreover, the methodology includes building a few littler battery frameworks all through Florida, alongside multiple solar power plants and different effectiveness moves up to existing ignition turbines.
“Replacing a large, ageing fossil fuel plant with a mega battery that’s adjacent to a large solar plant is another world-first accomplishment and while I’m very pleased of that fact,” added Mr Silagy.
“What I’m most proud of is that our team remained committed to developing this clean energy breakthrough while saving customers money and keeping their bills among the lowest in the nation.”
Stephen Jonsson, chairman of the board of County Commissioners in Manatee County, stated: “FPL is pioneering a clean energy revolution for our state that’s come full circle for our community.
“It seems like just yesterday that FPL kicked off its massive solar expansion in 2016 by opening a solar power plant in Parrish.
“Fast forward a few years, and our hometown solar power plant is on the verge of powering the world’s largest solar-powered battery system.
“This modernisation plan is truly an incredible feat and consistent with our commitment as leaders to keep sustainability at the forefront of every project that takes place in Manatee County.
“It’s why we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with FPL to help do our part to shape Florida’s clean energy future.”