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

Solar canopies: yes.

Solar trees: no.

More solar in general: HELL YES!

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Will it have outlets for events and park goers.

Anonymous

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

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

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

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

That is a good question.

Polo

Why Bayfront Park?

Anonymous

Its a high visibility place to virtue signal from.

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

LOL, I see what you did there.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

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

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

Put them at bus stops….call them shade trees

Anonymous

no

Anonymous

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

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

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

No thanks!!!

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Uhhh wrong again.

Anonymous

“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

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