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FPL's Solar Structure Delivers More Clean Energy
January 2020
FPL Debuts Unique Solar Structure in Miami’s Bayfront Park to Deliver More Clean Energy in South Florida

In January, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) debuted its multi-purpose solar installation at Bayfront Park in Miami, Fla., to power the city’s downtown festivities with more clean energy ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.

“With hundreds of thousands of football fans descending on our community and millions more worldwide tuning in for the big game, the FPL Solar Amphitheater showcases the bold, innovative spirit of Miami and the city’s relentless commitment to sustainability and resiliency,” said FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy. “Doubling as a test site, this new solar landmark enables FPL to conduct cutting-edge research as we bring even more affordable clean energy to our customers. Importantly, the solar array demonstrates what can be achieved when we work together toward a common goal.”

The 500-panel canopy-like solar structure generates about 250 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, covers nearly 400 feet of walkway around the FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, and features LED lighting that can illuminate the venue at night and change colors to coincide with special events.

“The FPL Solar Amphitheater ushers in an era of innovation for this historic park,” said Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo, chairman of the Bayfront Park Management Trust. “By day, the solar canopy and trees produce renewable energy and advance our sustainability mission. And, when the sun goes down, the array’s colorful lights add a new dynamic to Miami’s iconic skyline.” 

FPL partnered with Bayfront Park Management Trust, the City of Miami, and Live Nation to create this unique solar installation for the amphitheater, which serves as a research hub and test bed for groundbreaking “bifacial solar panel” technology—a solar panel that can produce energy on both sides.

The FPL Solar Amphitheater joins more than a dozen FPL solar installations in Miami-Dade County, including solar trees at parks and the FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, which can power up to 15,000 homes with solar when the sun is shining.

This is another example of EEI member companies’ commitment to reduce carbon emissions while providing their customers with safe, reliable, and affordable energy.

An original version of this story can be found on FPL’s Newsroom​.​