Solar Sanctuary partnership to promote pollinators
The will be providing thousands of acres of habitat for native plants, birds and vital pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies.
Through the "Solar Sanctuary" partnership, FPL and Audubon Florida are working with the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Native Plant Society, Wildlife Habitat Council, local Audubon chapters and others to design and implement site-specific environmental enhancements that will make FPL solar sites bird- and pollinator-friendly havens.
FPL is on track to install more than 2.5 million solar panels at eight new solar power plants across Florida that will be operational by early 2018.
The site of each new facility is being designed to allow a significant amount of the land to be planted with native grasses, trees, shrubs and vines. Plants are being chosen to provide food for birds and pollinators. Quality wetlands are being preserved, which also provide habitat for birds.
The FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center in Putnam County and the FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County are the first sites with approved plans to become Solar Sanctuaries.
In addition to the enormous environmental benefits, FPL's eight new solar power plants are expected to produce estimated net lifetime savings of more than $100 million for FPL customers by reducing fossil fuel use. ■