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FPL Wants To Build A Floating Solar Farm On A Lake At Miami International Airport

FPL Wants To Build A Floating Solar Farm On A Lake At Miami International Airport

Glide Angle Lake at Miami International Airport could soon be covered with a floating solar farm.

Florida Power & Light wants to operate the equipment, and is proposing to pay $4,900 per year in rent, which is said to be the appraise market rental value. The lease would run for 15 years, with a five year renewal, and the county would need to pay $150,000 to terminate the lease early.

FPL’s solar equipment will consist of  solar panels, electrical wiring, conduits, collection lines, charging stations, electric meters and power distribution boxes on Glide Angle Lake, which is located on the southwest corner of Miami-International Airport (MIA). The surface area will be up to 32,400 square feet in size, and the subsurface area which includes the floor and the banks of Glide Angle Lake will be used to install and anchor the solar equipment.

Dade commissioners are to vote on the deal today. A lower committee has already approved the deal.

Why is the county giving away the lease to FPL for so little? According to a memo, it is part of an initiative to increase the use of solar power.

 

 

 

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Interested
Interested

No! No! No!….this is environmental malpractice….why ruin a beautiful lake?….build it above the MIA parking lots….bonus, now it is covered roof top parking.

TheBigP
TheBigP

Actually–this is the best reply — one with an actual solution! I agree… build atop the two garages and generate even MORE electricity!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The cost to build it on a parking garage would cost much more.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What a bunch hypocrite these clowns at FPL are. This is the same company that fought tooth and nail to prevent people from putting solar panels on their homes.

Mcapo
Mcapo

wouldn’t you fight to keep your grip on the monopoly you have.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If I fought it, I wouldn’t later look like a hypocrite by trying to put up solar panels somewhere.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s only ok if they can make huge profits. It’s not ok if the home owner can reduce electricity costs. Disgusting. What is needed is competition. And removal of the monopoly by fpl.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Cheap rent….very cheap

Anonymous
Anonymous

How much should it be for the 1/2 acre of lake?

Anonymous
Anonymous

We cant have solar panel but FPL can!! F. No!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why can’t you put solar panels on your home?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wouldn’t be a while until a jet ski hits it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The rent for that lake is more affordable than any unit in all of Miami.
Maybe we should rent properties from the city, way more reasonable rates!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you plan on living on the lake?

RX727SFL
RX727SFL

why dont they build these over the retaining ponds for the nuclear reactor at turkey point. why should it be in our back yard on our lakes.

NO! NO! NO! NIMBY

not in my backyard FPL!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Good idea, but I think the water down there is to salty.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s a no Brainer

William
William

This is lake water. Sounds like a good thing for everyone. I wonder what 180’x180′ gets you in kwh of solar panels??

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think about 200kW.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why don’t we rent the lake for 5000 and go fishing every day instead!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe FPL should do something more useful, like bury utility poles or at least remove the old ones next to the “upgraded” new ones since Irma. Gimmick!

Anonymous
Anonymous

From what I have read, it is more efficient on the water and I think that this is a test site so they can evaluate it on a much larger scale. Maybe they can put it on all of those retention ponds and man made bodies of water along the expressway, turnpike and old quarries. If they do it would create county wide solar generation which in turn would make the grid more resilient and bring renewable energy to all parts of the County. Just imagine if Miami-Dade County could produce over 1/2 of its power need from floating solar!

Anonymous
Anonymous

NEXTERA greenwashing PR, for every KW of solar they install the build the same in natgas fired turbines for NIGHT and clouds. They have to keep the grid energized. Few people can comprehend that to just keep the grid energized takes 50% of the power produced. That takes THUMP, big ole nuke, gas and coal plants, just rolling to keep the grid hot

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

Are they renting the entire lake or the 32,400 SF portion?

Anonymous
Anonymous

sorry for my ignorance, but why FPL don’t allow solar panels on our homes, also FPL bill is going to be less?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not sure where you’re getting that info from. FPL can’t legally stop you from putting up solar panels on your roof. Nor can they stop you from joining the grid, (they might charge a fee however, and there are city permitting fees that might make it less of a good investment than you think though).

Anonymous
Anonymous

WTF less than $417 a month in rent?!? It would take them 2 minutes to generate the electricity needed to pay that rent off! First giving away soccer stadium land and now this?! Why is the city so dense? I’m all for letting FPL do this for WAY higher rent but this is absurd!

Anonymous
Anonymous

How big of area are they renting? What else can the water be used for?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Great idea – putting a shiny reflective 32,400 sf object in the glide path of a major airport. Both Runways 27 and 30.

Wonder if the FAA has signed off on this?

Won’t be reflective very long – with all the bird droppings from creating a giant night time roost for the birds

Anonymous
Anonymous

FYI – Solar panels actually absorb light and do not cause any reflection…and bird droppings will bake/flake off.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Solar panels are protected by glass or plastic covers, all of which are reflective, even when treated with antireflective chemicals, depending on the angle. The point is do you want to be in the plane where the pilot is even momentarily blinded? On landing? But I do like the baked on bird droppings my neighbor moans about, he wishes they flaked off.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Must be part of the Green New Deal – use solar panels to kill off air travel

Anonymous
Anonymous

The aquatic birds will die. Some birds have been known to fly into these panels thinking they are a body of water

Anonymous
Anonymous

some birds fly into glass so take out all of your windows. Better yet just knock down your house and build them a natural habitat

Anonymous
Anonymous

The birds will learn soon enough. Not like us humans, who keep doing the same things and expecting a different result.