FPL, FIU partner to build innovative solar research facility

FPL, FIU partner to build innovative solar research facility

FPL, FIU partner to build innovative solar research facility

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Florida International University (FIU) today announced a new partnership to build a commercial-scale distributed solar power facility that will both generate electricity for FPL’s 4.8 million customers and serve as an innovative research operation.

The project involves the installation of more than 5,700 solar panels on 23 canopy-like structures that will be built this summer in the parking lot of the university’s Engineering Center, just north of FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Using data from the 1.6-megawatt solar array, faculty and students from FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing will study the effects of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) generation on the electric grid in real-life South Florida conditions.

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