FPL Wants To Build A Solar Circle At Bayfront Park

Miami’s parks could soon be filled with solar generating equipment, under a joint deal proposed by Florida Power and Light and the city.

At Bayfront Park, a Solar Circle, Solar Arc Canopy, and Solar Trees are proposed in the area around the Amphitheatre. FPL would pay a $10 annual licensing fee for the rights, with the term of the deal lasting 25 years.

Other city parks could also see the installation of solar generating equipment. A second resolution calls for a equipment to be placed in District Four parks, with FPL paying an annual licensing fee of $50 per Kilowatt Hour generated, for a term of up to 30 years.

A four fifths vote by Miami’s commission would be required in order to waive competitive bidding for the deal. Both proposals are scheduled to be heard at a commission meeting July 26.

 

 

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Suomynona
3 years ago

Solar canopies: yes.

Solar trees: no.

More solar in general: HELL YES!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Solar panels would be great on top of lightRail trains in Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

would be great every where. Lets use the sun to power our city. We need greater state incentives to put these on rooftops, parks, etc

Anonymous
3 years ago

Will it have outlets for events and park goers.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It will allow FPL to get power to meet their tax rebate while giving NOTHING to the citizens.

Why don’t allow consumers to add rooftop solar?

Anonymous
3 years ago

consumers can install rooftop solar – The Solar United Neighbors of Florida Miami Summer Solar Co-Op is open to all single family residence homeowners – it’s free to join, helps you save on your installation and gives support to homeowners throughout the process. http://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/miami

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wow residents can’t install rooftop solar? Well I heard it on the internet in some random comment so it must be true!

I guess my own roof and 2KW of panels never got the memo.

BTW… have a snopes article:
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/is-it-illegal-florida-power-home-solar-storm/

William
3 years ago

This very little power.. Especially for a utility company the size of FPL. This is nothing more than a marketing installation. That’s it. Nothing more….500 kw hours sounds huge but it’s really not that much.

suomynona
3 years ago

That is a good question.

Polo
3 years ago

Why Bayfront Park?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Its a high visibility place to virtue signal from.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I am glad to see any project that will promote clean energy such as wind and solar, but I do wish they would do it in a more tasteful sort of way. For instance, the solar trees could be made to look better.

Anonymous
3 years ago

NOT IF TRUMP HAS ANYTHING TO SAY!! he wants COAL trees!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

LOL, I see what you did there.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You’re right… he’s asking Putin what he thinks about that idea right now.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I suppose it’s setter than the swath of prime real estate they sit on along river in the form of a substation, which could be located on the blocks under I-95.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I think the substations are used for distribution, not generating power.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Either way, when you look at it from an aerial view, it just appears to be one big empty hole in the cohesion of downtown.

Dan The Man
3 years ago

Title should say “FPL wants to remove power station in Downtown Miami”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Imagine the money they would make if they did that and sold the land?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes and in exchange FPL promised to STOP its relentless attack on Floridians right to own their own solar and sell back to the grid at a fair market price!

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

Solar trees are a relatively small portion – 21 out of 497 kW of capacity.
Seems like they could widen or extend the canopies a bit and 86 the trees.
Will the approx $25,000/year in revenue go to parks department?

Anonymous
3 years ago

FPL Wants To Build A Solar Circle At Bayfront Park — Speechless. First melreese and now Bayfront. Our parks are not for sale – specially without competitive bidding!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Relax they aren’t GETTING the park. It’s staying public land, FPL would just be putting something on it.

Melreese is a different story. That’s a straight giveaway to a billionare and shouldn’t happen.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Put them at bus stops….call them shade trees

Anonymous
3 years ago

no

Anonymous
3 years ago

Solar niche seems best suited to offset peak demand from air conditioning until the technology evolves further. This is a perfect project to highlight solar. Love it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Let them “niche” it on top of buildings that will use it. Keep the parks clear of these things, especially when lights, advertising, and “naming rights” are attached, aka “visual pollution.”

Suomynona
3 years ago

Solar is no longer a niche.

I support solar panels in parks (and on roofs of homes/businesses/etc), but these “solar trees” are a joke.

SRS
3 years ago

No thanks!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Might as well.
Nobody uses the park anyway, except for Ultra and NYE

Anonymous
3 years ago

Uhhh wrong again.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Nobody uses the park anyway”

Wow… well it’s obvious you don’t use it! You should try it on a typical afternoon (any day, you pick the day), you’ll change your mind about that statement.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I walk my dog every day at different times and no, I’m not changing my mind