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FPL makes progress on battery installations at solar-powered facility

Florida Power & Light crews have installed the first battery modules and more than two-thirds of the containers for its massive Manatee solar-storage hybrid project.

The NextEra Energy-owned utility has installed 100 of 132 containers for the FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center. The plant will have 409 MW/900 MWh of capacity, enough to power 329,000 homes for more than two hours.

Those batteries will be charged by the existing Manatee Solar Energy Center, thus offering grid predictability and emissions reductions avoiding power plant generation for the system.

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