Florida Power, Daytona speedway wrap up 2.1-MW distributed solar project

Florida Power & Light (FPL) and the Daytona International Speedway (DIS) on Feb. 19 announced the completion of the 2.1-MW FPL Solar Circuit, a system of more than 7,000 solar panels that generate electricity for the speedway’s operations and FPL’s 4.8 million customer accounts.

The FPL Solar Circuit’s total generating capacity is approximately 2.1 MW, ranking the speedway in the top five U.S. professional sports facilities for solar energy installations, according to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association.

“With innovative partners like FPL, DAYTONA Rising has transformed the Speedway into the world’s first motorsports stadium,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “The FPL Solar Circuit complements the advanced technologies we’ve used to modernize the stadium and enhance the experience for race fans.”

“We’re honored to play a significant role in the redevelopment of such an iconic destination that hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors to our state each and every year and reaches millions of others around the globe,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “This partnership with the Speedway is a shining example of Florida’s innovation and advanced economy for the world to see.”

The FPL Solar Circuit is comprised of three canopy-like structures – located at the Midway, Sprint FANZONE and Lot 10 parking area – that are covered with solar panels. The FPL Solar Circuit is also equipped with high-tech data gathering equipment that will be used as part of a multi-year research study the utility is conducting to improve the integration of solar energy and smart grid technologies.

FPL currently operates three solar power plants and numerous smaller solar installations for a total of more than 110 MW of solar generation in Florida. During 2016, the company is tripling its solar capacity, adding more than 225 MW, including: three new solar power plants; major installations at the speedway, Florida International University and other sites; and several smaller community-based arrays.

FPL is a subsidiary of Florida-based NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), which is also the parent company of renewable energy developer NextEra Energy Resources LLC. NextEra Energy Resources is the Official Renewable Energy Provider of both Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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