Floating Solar Panels On Bodies Of Water? New Study Released By Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade has released a feasibility report on the installation of floating solar panels in area bodies of water.

FPL has already partnered with Dade on a half-acre, 402-panel floating solar installation at Blue Lagoon next to MIA, which generates 160 kilowatts.

One of the biggest issues is that Florida law permits only utilities such as FPL to generate and sell electricity, the report notes. That limits private companies and the county from building and operating their own solar installations.

However, the county could still power its own facilities with solar.

One potential site is the South Dade Wastewater Treatment Plant. The facility will be included in an upcoming solicitation to install on-site solar systems at several county facilities.

Feasibility of installing a pilot floating solar power plants on an existing manmade retention pond at the facility has been studied.

The plant requires approximately 8-10 Megawatt hours of electricity to process the approximately 100 million gallons of wastewater it receives each day.

The site currently has the capacity to produce 3 MW of energy through the cogeneration of wastewater biogas, and up to 3.84 MW could possibly be generated through floating solar panels.

 

 

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anonymous
3 months ago

The state is very backwards. Just another example.

Anonymous
3 months ago

That will only change when a Blue governor and majority hold office up thar in dem woods.

cleavage or bust
3 months ago

goobers up north gonna goober…..

Anonymous
3 months ago

I don’t think that’ll change

Anonymous
3 months ago

Blue government will destroy Florida

Dro
3 months ago

It’s already destroyed,

Anonymous
3 months ago

Last time I checked, your Californian utopia still gets 67 percent of its energy from non-renewable sources.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Enjoying those gas prices?

Checo
3 months ago

Did I not read the article correctly?

Recapturing biogas and using solar panels on the water treatment plant to produce enough power to be self-sustaining sounds resilient and forward thinking to me.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Better backwards than forward off a cliff.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Now we just need a study on the study

I Hate Broker Babble
3 months ago

One of the biggest issues is that Florida law permits only utilities such as FPL to generate and sell electricity, the report notes. That limits private companies and the county from building and operating their own solar installations. **** Isn’t that called a MONOPOLY !!!????

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yes. FPL has Florida by the balls.

Sustainable Future
3 months ago

How do we vote out FPL so we can all go solar/ self sustaining?

Anonymous
3 months ago

You already can, you just can’t sell it to others.

BDub
3 months ago

It’s supposed to be a regulated monopoly. The origin was an enticement to get companies to come and build generation and distribution facilities. They were guaranteed a fixed return if they agreed to regulation. Seems like 100+ years is a decent amount of time.
If they and the other Florida monopolies would embrace rooftop solar, we wouldn’t need to float solar panels on our water resources.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Solar on the water sounds like a terrible idea to me.

Anonymous
3 months ago

It’s called a “natural monopoly,” something you should have learned about in economics class. Nevertheless, FPL sucks. Maybe twenty years ago they were alright, but after 2005…

ProDigit
3 months ago

I think that fpl isn’t the only one in FL. It is in SE FL. But Florida has a good 50 power companies all over. Consider it an error in the article.

William
3 months ago

The lakes on the west side are such a huge opportunity for floating solar. FPL has the nuclear site to close to our west miami dade lakes… but otherwise it would be a great option to activate un-used and under utilized areas.

Anonymous
3 months ago

A lake is an attraction in itself. Many dream of having a house facing a lake. The most valued lots in a condominium are always those facing the lakes. There are so many other places to install solar panels without compromising the natural beauty of the city’s lakes.

Anon
3 months ago

Most lakes in Miami are NOT natural

Anonymous
3 months ago

“the untouched beauty of a manmade lake sitting next to the 836, airport, and commercial office parks”

Anonymous
3 months ago

And have you seen those sexy Tesla solar panels….. They are roof tiles, so the solar is your actual rooftop…. its glorious.

Fake News Slayer
3 months ago

Wait till a few pelicans get decapitated after diving right into it

ProDigit
3 months ago

Or dolphins or fish die for some reason.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Save the money and build a Nuclear power plant instead.

Melo is sigma and chad
3 months ago

Why are people downvoting the truth, nuclear energy is the only true solution to reducing CO2. your overhyped wind and solar dont have the storage capacity.

Analyst
3 months ago

And not enough mining capabilities to have the materials to produce enough solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric cars.. it’s just impossible in the foreseeable future.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Nor do they have the availability. Nuclear, coal, and nat gas plants are producing baseload 90+% of the time. Wind is in the 40s, solar even less. That means for any target amount of generating capacity, you have to spec 2-3x at least for solar and wind. Oh, and that’s before you get into the environmental and humanitarian issues associated with lithium batteries.

Anonymous
3 months ago

With solar and wind, fuel is free and they don’t add greenhouse gases so they don’t cook the planet.
No generation method is perfect.
The key phrase in the article is it’s illegal for others than FPL to generate and sell electricity in their territory. Conservatives should welcome competition.

ProDigit
3 months ago

It’s not the only. There currently are 2 alternatives. A nuclear power plant is fission based. The 2 alternatives are fusion based, and plasma based.

Fusion based there are thorium reactor tests done, where there’s no nuclear waste, no danger of explosion, and the planet has roughly 22.000 years worth of thorium for powering each person on earth.

There also is a hybrid of Thorus plasma fusion reactors. These are most efficient, brand new and still in development.
These reactors would give twice the amount of energy compared to the sun, and solve our helium problem (the reactors convert hydrogen to helium, i believe).

ProDigit
3 months ago

I meant to say, twice the amount of energy compared to nuclear. And they function through fission (what happens inside the core of the sun).

Florida
3 months ago

They both can be used. It’s not a black and white issue…

Anonymous
3 months ago

Remember after 2011 when Japan shut down all it’s nuclear power plants over the Fukushima scare, and dabbled with wind and solar, before realizing it doesn’t work and went back to restarting nuclear plants?

Not anon
3 months ago

Save money, have you seen how much a nuke plant cost to build?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Florida government is a bunch of good ole’ boys looking out for big corporations and gun rights. Nothing will ever change. Keep voting red, no big deal.

Mobo
3 months ago

Yes — go back to NY to vote blue there.

Florida
3 months ago

Feel free to move to a no gun zone city like Buffalo

Paranoid Android
3 months ago

Oh my goodness.

ProDigit
3 months ago

Interesting!
Solar panels on top of drinking water basins, help prevent the evaporation of water, while at the same time the water cools down the panels making them more efficient.
The flip side of the coin, is if the panels will aggravate algae or other plant life production in the water?

Miami should try to find ways to filter out algae from Biscayne Bay. They could convert it to a variety of products, including face creams, fuel, and food.

Manny
3 months ago

It would be interesting to read if FPL has considered covering their 5000+ acre cooling canals for Turkey Point nuke plant with solar panels. Would that help with the evaporation and saltwater intrusion problem?

Anonymous
3 months ago

This is an extremely dumb idea. Does anyone remember the art installation in the 80s that had these hot pink tarps covering the perimeter of several small islands off Biscayne bay? It seriously damaged the ecosystem back then. The information is near impossible to find now, but it definitely happened. We have plenty of highrises, put the solar up there where nobody needs to see it!

Drill, drill, drill
3 months ago

Delusional to think we will solve our energy needs with solar.
Like it or not, we can’t survive without fossil fuels.

cleavage or bust
3 months ago

can we build a refinery next to your property??? asking for the koch bros and t.boone pickens…

Anonymous
3 months ago

lol…

Anonymous
3 months ago

The refineries are already there. How about a giant wind farm next to your house?

Anonymous
3 months ago

After John “Learjet” Kerry and the Kennedy family stop being NIMBYs over that Cape Cod offshore wind farm.

Anonymous
3 months ago

We can. We just don’t have the infrastructure

BDub
3 months ago

Maybe we can’t survive at our current rate of consumption without fossil fuels.
But it doesn’t at all follow that we will survive WITH our current rate of consumption.
Climate change is already being disruptive and we’re just getting started.
The big danger is a waterfall-type change where you can’t get back to where you were.

Anonymous
3 months ago

“we can’t survive without fossil fuels”

Whoever designed Electric Cars is one delusional kook!

Qtip
3 months ago

Solar panels aren’t even that good in the FL area to many cloudy days build that shit in New Mexico or AZ!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Tell that to Germany.

Melo is sigma and chad
3 months ago

nuclear is strip mining low grade coal now since it decommissioned its nuclear power plants. solar isn’t a savior to German energy, there is a reason they waited till the last minute to be tough on Russia. And I promise you nordstream 2 will start up again before EOY.

Melo is sigma and chad
3 months ago

germany is strip mining coal and importing more gas from russia

Jeff Stryker
3 months ago

I guess they call it “the sunshine state” because…?