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Columbia County’s First Solar Power Plant is now powering the county grid

-Photo Courtesy of FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy

By Sarah Fenaughty


Last week, FPL hosted a celebration commemorating the opening of Columbia County’s first solar power plant, the new FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center. The plant, which generates enough zero-emissions electricity to power approximately 15,000 Florida homes, has over 300,000 solar panels and is now powering the Columbia County grid.

  To celebrate, Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, Julie Wraithmell, the executive director of Audubon Florida, Glenn Hunter, the economic development director of Columbia County, and local students gathered for an on-site farmer’s market featuring produce from local vendors.

The celebration comes after the announcement of FPL’s 30-by-30 plan, which promises to bring 30 million solar panels to Florida by 2030.

  More information about the event can be found in the advisory below. Please feel free to reach out with any questions