Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center
|Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center|
|Location||Martin County, Florida|
|Construction began||December 2008|
|Commission date||December 2010|
|Construction cost||$141 million|
|Solar farm information|
|CSP technology||Parabolic trough|
|CSP units||6,864 (192,192 mirrors)|
|Land area||500 acres (202 ha)|
|Power generation information|
|Installed capacity||75 MW|
|Annual generation||155 GW·h|
|As of December 2010|
The Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is a hybrid, 75-megawatt MW, parabolic-trough, solar energy plant in Martin County, Florida, built by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). The solar plant is a component of the 3,705 MW Martin County Power Plant, which is currently the single largest fossil fuel-burning power plant in the United States. It is located in western Martin County, Florida, just north of Indiantown.
The Solar Energy Center has an array of approximately 190,000-mirror parabolic troughs on about 500 acres (202 ha) of the Martin County plant. The solar collectors feed heat to the existing steam plant, generating electricity at a rate of 155,000 MW·h per year (an average of 18 MW). Lauren Engineers & Constructors (Abilene, TX) was the EPC contractor for the project. Construction began in 2008 and was completed by the end of 2010.
FPL expects the $476 million solar plant to reduce the combined-cycle power plant's natural gas consumption by 1.3 billion cubic feet (37 billion m³) per year. Over the 30-year life of the project, this is expected to save $178 million in fuel cost and reduce carbon emissions by 2.75 million tons.
Excess pressure and a release of operating fluid led to the plant being shut down for four months in 2011 for clean up and testing.
As of 2013, no additional concentrated solar plants are planned for Florida, although in 2007 FPL had planned on building a 300 MW fresnel solar thermal plant.
See also 
- List of concentrating solar thermal power companies
- List of photovoltaic power stations
- List of solar thermal power stations
- Renewable energy in the United States
- Renewable portfolio standard
- Solar power in the United States
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