FPL launches clean energy on the Space Coast. The movie features interviews with project workers from NASA and FPL, as well as scenes of the construction of the facility. Movie by FPL.
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NASA's efforts to generate and use renewable energy sources include the ability to form and collaborate on effective public-private sector partnerships. Such was the case at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), where NASA and Florida Power & Light (FPL) teamed up to provide both America's space program and Florida residents with new sources of "green power."
The joint venture saw the completion of a 10-megawatt photovoltaic power generation system known as the Space Coast Solar Energy Center. Built on 60 of KSC's approximately 140,000 acres of land, the facility produces enough clean, emissions-free power to serve about 1,100 homes. Construction began in June 2009, and the plant was commissioned less than a year later on April 8, 2010. Some benefits of the solar facility include:
- The prevention of emission of more than 227,000 tons of greenhouse gases over the course of 30 years. According to U.S. EPA estimates, this is the equivalent of removing over 1,800 cars from the road during the entire life of the facility.
- The elimination of fossil fuel usage by approximately 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 122,000 barrels of oil.
- Photovoltaic technology requires no water.
- Innovative public-private partnership with NASA that leveraged engineering, design and operating expertise.
Learn more about the project at the FPL Space Coast Solar Website.
Read the KSC official news release here.