Blattner, Black & Veatch to build 596 MW of Florida solar

Last month, Florida Power and Light announced eight new solar parks to be built in 2017, each with a capacity of 74.5 MW, and today the company revealed that Black & Veatch and Blattner will each build four of the plants. With capital costs estimated at less than $1500/kW, these will be among the lowest cost solar installations built in the United States.

Blattner Energy, the largest EPC provider in the U.S. according to recent figures from IHS Markit, aim to complete construction on all 4 plants by December 31 of this year, while Black & Veatch is working to a deadline of March 1, 2018. “Solar is an integral part of our affordable clean energy strategy,” commented FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy. “It’s no easy feat to build eight solar plants. We’ve selected partners who share our commitment to quality.”

Black & Veatch also partnered with FPL last year, providing EPC services on three 74.5 MW power plants. “Black & Veatch is thrilled to build on the success of the 2016 FPL solar projects,” says Project Manager Troy Ochoa. “These new solar facilities build on our vast experience in renewable energy markets across the U.S.”

According to the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) year in review report, Florida installed 404 MW, one of 22 states to top the 100 MW mark in 2016, contributing to the USA’s record breaking year for total installations. The report also shows that Florida moved from the 17th-largest solar market to the 9th-largest during the year.