Canadians Achieve Record Year in 2014 for Wind Farm Installations

LCG, January 23, 2015--The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) announced that in 2014 Canada set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. A total of 1,871 MW of electric generating capacity was installed, increasing Canada's wind farm generating capacity to nearly 9,700 MW at year-end.

WPS Files Application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to Build Combined Cycle Facility at Fox Energy Center

LCG, January 22, 2015--Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS) submitted its application for permission from the state Public Service Commission to install a 400-MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle generating unit at the Fox Energy Center in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The estimated cost of the project is $517 million. Construction is anticipated to begin late in the spring of 2016.

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FPL Commissions DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center

LCG, October 28, 2009--FPL Group and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) officials yesterday commissioned the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center. The 25-MW project is now the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar facility operating in the United States. FPL began construction on the project in late February of this year.

The DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center employs over 90,000 SunPower PV panels that incorporate the SunPower Tracker technology, which moves the panels so as to follow the sun throughout the day and increase the solar energy converted to power. FPL stated that the $150 million total project cost will represent an average of only 6 cents on a typical customer?s monthly bill over the lifetime of the plant.

FPL is now pursuing the necessary approvals to expand the capacity of the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center up to 300 MW.

Construction activities are also underway on a similar project, the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 10-MW, solar PV power project is a public-private partnership between FPL and NASA and will use approximately 35,000 solar PV panels installed over 60 acres. FPL has completed a 1 MW array for use by NASA at the location.

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