JUNO BEACH, Fla., May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced the start of construction on its 10 newest solar power plants that are expected to begin powering customers by early 2020:  

  • FPL Babcock Preserve Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
  • FPL Blue Heron Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
  • FPL Cattle Ranch Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County
  • FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County
  • FPL Northern Preserve Solar Energy Center, Baker County
  • FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
  • FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
  • FPL Sweetbay Solar Energy Center, Martin County
  • FPL Twin Lakes Solar Energy Center, Putnam County

"FPL is well on its way to making Florida a world leader in solar energy," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "This year alone we're building enough solar to increase our solar capacity by 60% and we are just getting started as we count down to the installation of 30 million panels by 2030. With 18 solar plants in operation and 10 more on the way, we're adding even more emissions-free power to one of the cleanest systems in the nation while consistently keeping our customers' bills among the lowest in the nation."  

Today, the company operates approximately 1,250 megawatts of solar capacity across 18 existing solar plants and other smaller installations. Each of the new solar plants will have a capacity of 74.5 megawatts. When the new solar power plants begin serving customers early next year, FPL's total solar capacity will reach nearly 2,000 megawatts – enough to power approximately 400,000 homes.

The new solar plants are another example of FPL's strategy of advancing affordable clean energy that has resulted in customer bills that are 30% below the national average. Purchasing solar panels in bulk and capturing other economies of scale helps FPL build its solar plants cost effectively. These new solar plants are expected to save customers millions of dollars in avoided fuel and other costs over the long term.

Of the new FPL solar power plants, six will support FPL SolarTogetherSM, the company's new community solar program that will be the largest in the country if approved by the Florida Public Service Commission.

FPL's ongoing investments in solar play a significant role in the positive impact Florida's solar expansion is having on job creation in the state. Florida ranked second in the nation in 2018 in solar employment, behind California, according to The Solar Foundation. Each of the ten new solar plants FPL is building this year is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during peak construction.

Florida's largest generator of solar energy
FPL currently operates 18 solar power plants, two that feature innovative energy storage, and hundreds of smaller solar installations*. Florida's largest generator of solar power, FPL has approximately 1,250 megawatts of universal solar capacity, including:

  • FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy and Battery Storage Center, Charlotte County
  • FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
  • FPL Citrus Solar Energy and Battery Storage Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County
  • FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
  • FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
  • FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam counties
  • FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
  • FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
  • FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
  • FPL Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center (hybrid solar/natural gas), Martin County
  • FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, Miami-Dade County
  • FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center, Volusia County
  • FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center, Columbia County
  • FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway, Volusia County*
  • Solar research installation at Florida International University, Miami-Dade County*

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the United States as measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2018 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International for the fifth consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,700 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2019 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power Company, which serves more than 460,000 customers in eight counties throughout Northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

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"We are excited about the opportunities that Bank of America Tower creates for our clients and our employees," said Hong Ogle, Houston market president, Bank of America. "Having our teams together in this new contemporary workplace allows for stronger collaboration to deliver the full breadth of our capabilities and better serve our clients."

In a deal that kicked off vertical construction in 2017, Bank of America signed a lease to occupy a total of 210,000 square feet, spanning six-and-a-half floors of the sustainable office tower. The company will have 205,000 square feet of office space, as well as a 5,000-square-foot financial services center on the ground level at the corner of Capitol Street and Travis Street.

"We are delighted to have a prestigious global institution like Bank of America as the anchor tenant at this game-changing development that redefines the office experience in Downtown Houston," said Matt Damborsky, executive vice president for Skanska USA Commercial Development in Houston. "For the last two years, Capitol Tower has been an icon rising in Houston's skyline. We are confident that Bank of America Tower will offer tenants an unparalleled experience that blends community, culture and commerce in a way that reflects the future of the workplace and the vibrant cultural fabric of the great City of Houston."

Robert Ward, president and CEO for Skanska USA Commercial Development, added that the renaming of the development is a first for Skanska, one of the world's leading construction and development companies.

"Today marks another exciting milestone for Skanska's growing commercial development business. Over the past 10 years, we have developed, designed and delivered sustainable, innovative and high-quality projects like Bank of America Tower around the country," said Ward. "We are proud to remain on the cutting edge of sustainable office development and will continue to focus on developing projects that make a positive impact on our customers and our communities. Bank of America Tower is a shining example of how Skanska focuses on placemaking and thoughtful, sustainable design to create a dynamic and iconic destination."

Located at 800 Capitol St., Bank of America Tower is situated on a prime block in the Central Business District, near landmark cultural neighbors that include the Theater District, the historic Market Square and Buffalo Bayou Park. Designed by architectural firm Gensler, the tower offers 754,000 square feet of office space and over 35,000 square feet of engaging public space at Understory, an inviting, open-air community hub that includes a full-service restaurant and a 9,000-square-foot culinary market with seven diverse chef-driven concepts and a cocktail bar.

Designed by the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, a central feature of Understory is the open-air blending of the street and tunnel levels, facilitated by the "Great Steps," a 30-foot-wide monumental staircase and gathering place that creates the first true street level gateway to the tunnel network. When Understory opens next month, it will be the first space in the tunnel network to be active seven days a week, from morning to night, with a wide variety of culinary, retail and cultural offerings. In addition to engaging local art, the community will enjoy access to high-speed Wi-Fi, mobile device charging stations, games and thoughtful furniture arrangements, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center for the exclusive use of building tenants.

Tenants at Bank of America Tower will also have access to The Assembly, a 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art conference and private events center that features three dynamic meeting venues. The Assembly is connected on the 12th level to the 24,000-square-foot SkyPark, the first and largest green roof in Downtown Houston to be open to all building tenants.

Current tenants at Bank of America Tower include:

  • Skanska (12,481 square feet, floor 12)
  • Bank of America (210,000 square feet, floors 14-20)
  • Winston and Strawn (62,515 square feet, floors 23-24)
  • Waste Management (284,000 square feet, floors 25-33)
  • Quantum Energy Partners (32,000 square feet, floors 35-36)

When Bank of America Tower opens next month, it will be the most sustainable office tower in Texas, using 25 percent less energy than typical baseline facilities. One of only four core-and-shell projects nationwide to be pre-certified under LEED v4 Platinum, Bank of America Tower's sustainable features include:

  • a 50,000-gallon rainwater collection system for reuse in landscape irrigation and restrooms;
  • secured bicycle storage room with access to lockers and showers;
  • One block proximity to three MetroRail stations;
  • 90 percent access to daylight and views for tenants;
  • a high-performance façade that significantly reduces solar heat gain;
  • an energy recovery wheel to precondition fresh air intake; and
  • district cooling to provide chilled water throughout the facility, which lowers cooling costs and offers unlimited service capacity to tenants.

Skanska's other developments in Houston include the two-building West Memorial Place project, which is the first LEED Platinum campus in the Energy Corridor. West Memorial Place offers direct access to the Terry Hershey Park hike and bike trails. Skanska also developed 3009 Post Oak, a 302,000-square-foot office building in the premier Uptown Houston location at Post Oak Blvd. and Hidalgo.

Skanska has built and restored local landmarks in Houston for decades, ranging from historic renovations, like San Jacinto Memorial Building on the Houston Community College campus, to the new construction of world-class sports facilities including NRG Stadium, and invaluable healthcare resources like the expansion of LBJ General Hospital's emergency department. Skanska continues to leverage its local knowledge and global expertise to shape the region's commercial, healthcare, sports and entertainment facilities.

This and previous releases can also be found at www.usa.skanska.com.

Skanska is one of the world's leading construction and development companies. In the U.S., Skanska's core operations include building construction, civil infrastructure and developing self-financed commercial properties, which together generated $8 billion in revenue in 2018. As a developer in the U.S., Skanska has invested a total of $2.3 billion in commercial and multi-family projects. With U.S. headquarters in New York City, Skanska has offices in 28 metro areas with 9,000 employees nationwide. Skanska is an industry-leading innovator in both safety and project execution, and offers competitive solutions for both traditional and complex assignments to help build a more sustainable future for our customers and communities. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled approximately $20 billion in 2018.

Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,400 retail financial centers, including approximately 1,800 lending centers, 2,200 financial centers with a Consumer Investment Financial Solutions Advisor, and 1,500 business centers; approximately 16,400 ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with more than 37 million active users, including over 27 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


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The active development of the industry allowed Ukraine to go up from 34th to 23rd position in the solar energy global ranking.

Vitaliy Daviy, CEO at IB Centre Europe

"Between the events CISOLAR 2019 and CISOLAR 2020 we are waiting for the installation of 1 GW of solar energy facilities in Ukraine. A new legislative basis for auctions will be implemented, which will open guaranteed prospects for investors for the next long period of time (5-10 years), and the rules of the game will again be clear and even more investments will flow to Ukraine," - Vitaliy Daviy made a positive forecast.

The State Agency on Energy Efficiency of Ukraine noted that Ukraine has a high feed-in tariff which needs to be settled in a market-driven way that is through "green" auctions. Indeed, such a system will provide a fair market price for "green" electricity, transparent competition in the market, stable development of "clean" energy and guarantees to investors and financial institutions regarding project implementation.

 "The price should be fixed based on the auction system. At the same time, the investor should be protected," said the Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency Sergey Savchuk.

Let us recall that the relevant law on green auctions was adopted on April 25, 2019. According to this law, the participation in auctions will be mandatory with effect from 2020 for solar power projects with a capacity exceeding 1 MW and wind power stations with a capacity exceeding 5 MW. Under the terms of the auction, the one who offers the lowest price will be able to sell "clean" electricity to the state.

Yevhen Metsger, Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSB Ukrgasbank, showed positive results in the alternative energy financing sector. According to him, Ukrgasbank has funded 146 green energy projects, including 106 solar projects with total capacity of 688 MW, worth 527 million euros. As for home solar power plants, 190 SPP were funded for a total amount of 65 million UAH.

Industry experts have discussed not only promising opportunities for the development of solar energy in Ukraine, but have also revealed the risks Ukraine is facing on the path towards the effective development. In "Ukrenergo" they are concerned about the problem of balancing the energy system, since more technical requirements have been issued than this system can accept.

To the question "What will happen to the solar power industry next year?" Vsevolod Kovalchuk, director of SE NPC Ukrenergo, replied that it would already be impossible to hold auctions, attract investors and build new balancing fast capacities that would allow to smooth out fluctuations in the production of poorly predicted power generation. He commented on the matter:

"Starting from next year, Ukrenergo, as a system operator, will be forced to either restrict the power generation of nuclear power plants, or limit (where technically possible) the power generation of renewable energy facilities. Because we must ensure the security of the energy supply."

China is the global market leader in solar energy. This was announced at the CISOLAR 2019 Conference by Pranav Mehta, Chairman of the Global Solar Council. He shared his experience and gave some advice to Ukraine to accelerate the development of solar energy:

"Ukraine has the potential and as a result, the question arises: how to learn from the experience of other countries, in particular India, China, the United States and how it can help. First of all, you need to have a huge desire in order to satisfy the need to attain 3 gigawatts, because Ukraine has a high potential for this. At the same time, I am happy that there are more and more home solar power stations in Ukraine, which is good, but their number should grow. It is important."

Following the CISOLAR 2019 Conference, a draft of a new strategy aimed at achieving 100% renewable energy, including solar, in the overall energy balance of Ukraine was announced.

"A strategy is needed that will unite business, society and the state. 100% RES is our big goal. The cost of electricity after 2030 will be reduced," Sergiy Shakalov, the CEO  at KNESS, determined the industry development direction.

Philipp Leckebusch, the CEO at DTEK Renewables, noted that Ukraine is now at the stage of development of solar energy which Europe passed 7-10 years ago. At the same time, Ukraine offers one of the most attractive investment structures in Europe for the development of the industry. Indeed, favorable conditions were created here: availability of resources and land plots, feed-in tariff, government support and a targeted energy strategy - the objective to reach 25% of clean energy production by 2035.

CISOLAR 2019 gathered over 450 participants representing big business and small and medium  sized businesses. The solar energy market is the market of the right economic platform that creates equal opportunities for participants of any scale.

"I am pleased that CISOLAR is a platform for all of them. Definitely, we are writing a new page for the development of the solar industry in Ukraine, because there are a lot of difficult and not simple issues in terms of legislative initiatives, further policies, technological constraints, and so on. It is expected that CISOLAR 2020 will be an even bigger event and we will discuss fundamentally different topics: what are the technological constraints for the implementation of new projects," said Vitaly Daviy, the CEO at IB Center.

CISOLAR 2019, the 8th International Conference and Trade Show of Solar Energy in Central and Eastern Europe, the main industry event, took place on April 16-18. The event was attended by over 450 delegates, 56 speakers from 30 countries, more than 100 companies that introduced the latest equipment, innovative technologies and unique solutions, as well as over 4,000 visitors of the exhibition. At the business conference, supporters of the solar industry discussed all the most pressing issues regarding legislation, financing, prospects, risks of the industry development, its features and vision of solar energy in the future for effective and confident progress.

The organizer and producer of CISOLAR 2019 is Innovative Business Centre (IB Centre).

The coming up industry event from IB Center - SEF 2019 KYIV, the 11th International Sustainable Energy Forum and Trade Show of Central and Eastern European will be held in Kiev, on October 16-18, 2019.

To learn more about the main event in the field of sustainable energy and to register for SEF 2019 KYIV, visit sefkyiv.com/, call: +38-044-383-03-56 or contact us at e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, and REDMOND, Wash., May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. announced a new wind energy agreement in the Netherlands. Microsoft will purchase 90 MW from the massive 731.5 MW offshore wind project, Borssele III/IV, from Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco. Eneco will provide Microsoft's datacenters with green power for 15 years starting in 2022.

This is Microsoft's second purchase of wind energy in the Netherlands in a year, which brings its total wind energy purchases to 270 MW in the Netherlands — one of the largest corporate renewable energy portfolios in the country.

"Tech companies are facing the challenge to reduce their carbon footprints, mostly due to the vast energy consumption of their datacenters," said Hans Peters, chief customer officer, Eneco. "A global frontrunner like Microsoft does not see this as a challenge, but as an opportunity to boost the energy transition. We are proud we can help them switch to a sustainable, smart and clean energy supply in the Netherlands. As a result, Microsoft is creating local opportunity, growth and impact while enabling Eneco to continue to invest in large-scale renewable energy projects like Borssele III/IV."

"Our purchasing of renewable energy helps improve the sustainability of our operations and local grids," said Brian Janous, general manager, Energy and Sustainability, Microsoft. "This agreement is our 14th renewable energy power purchase agreement and brings our total clean energy portfolio to more than 1.5 GW. The electricity generated will help support the continued long-term growth of Microsoft cloud services delivered from the Netherlands, which is one of 54 Azure regions announced and part of one of the largest and most innovative cloud infrastructures in the world."

Digital transformation and smart energy solutions

The power purchase agreement is a next step in the ongoing partnership between Eneco and Microsoft. In 2018, Eneco selected Microsoft as its preferred partner for cloud services, signing a three-year deal with Microsoft Azure, which enables Eneco to achieve the company's goals and ambitions in the area of digital transformation.

About Eneco and Borssele III/IV

Eneco is a Dutch-based company active in the area of sustainable energy and innovation. Together with our customers, partners and employees, we are working on the realization of our mission: everyone's sustainable energy. We invest in wind farms, biomass power plants, heating and solar parks in order to increase the supply of renewable energy. Eneco is one of the shareholders of Borssele III/IV, an offshore wind project that is currently being developed in the Dutch part of the North Sea. Eneco has also secured a 15-year power purchase agreement for half of the power generated by Borssele III/IV. Previously, Eneco came to agreements with Dutch-based companies Stedin, DSM and Royal Schiphol Group to purchase power from Borssele III/IV.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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