Tag Archives: solar power

NASA joins FP&L in solar venture

Space just got a little brighter.

NASA joined Florida Power & Light Company to commission the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center. The new solar photovoltaic power facility is the result of a unique public-private partnership between NASA and FPL and demonstrates both organizations’ commitment to bringing clean-energy solutions to Florida.

The Center is located at Kennedy Space Center and is producing an estimated 10 megawatts of clean, emissions-free power, which is enough energy to serve approximately 1,100 homes. Continue reading


SPC to soak up sunshine

This is a Creative Loafing repost.

St. Petersburg College will begin installing its first photovoltaic system on the Clearwater campus today.

The system, which will generate renewable power for the electrical grid, will be installed on the roof of the LEED Gold Natural Science, Mathematics and College of Education building, already one of Tampa bay’s most environmentally friendly buildings. Installation should take about a week.

“The 3.5 kilowatt thin-film solar blanket will be the first commercial installation of the new generation of solar collection systems installed in this area,” said Jason Green, SPC Sustainability Coordinator. “The installation demonstrates St Petersburg College’s dedication to finding solutions to the global warming issue.” Continue reading

Around Tampa Bay

A few green business tidbits from around Tampa Bay:

  • MOSI (Tampa’s  Museum of Science & Industry) is planning to build an 11-acre alternative energy plant that would serve to educate visitors and provide electricity for the facility. The search committee is looking for companies across the board that can use solar, wind, biomass hydrogen or algae to create 20 megawatts of electricity an hour.
  • There’s an $8 billion national commitment for the developmeny of alternative, green  energy — resulting in a plan to build a  biomass plant in Hillsborough County. According to officials, a new biomass plant in this area could greatly improve the power grid infrastructure and provide greater resistance to storms and other natural disasters. Additional benefits could include improvements to other infrastructures in the bi-county area, specifically roads and waterways.
  • The Lakeland Center is being outfitted with 1,232 solar panels on the roof; the panels cover the size of about an acre. Iit is estimated that by 2018, the solar panels will be able to generate 24 megawatts of power, or enough power to supply 7,200 homes, city spokesman Kevin Cook said.