World’s second largest solar power plant in Florida
Every trend has a season and now it is the go-green season. As more companies are getting fully aware of the earth’s depleting ozone and the dangers of economical downfall, bigger companies are investing time and effort on developing the new found alternative source of energy. Ironically, the solar power. The Lauren Engineers and Constructors signed a contract with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for a new 75 MW Concentrated Solar Power Plant located near Indiantown. When ready, it will be the second largest solar thermal power plant in the world and the largest solar thermal plant outside California and also the first hybrid solar facility in the world to connect to an existing combined-cycle power plant.
This project will be located on 500 acres of land and will use around 200,000 parabolic mirrors to capture the sun’s heat and will produce 155,000 MWh of power annually which is enough power for 11,000 homes or 26,000 people. The Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is ‘expected to reduce green house gas emissions by approximately 2.75 million tons over a thirty year period, which is the equivalent of removing more than 18,700 cars from the road annually for the next 30 years’.