FPL Martin Solar Facility Tour

APA Florida, Treasure Coast Section


Friday, July 18, 2014
noon - 5 p.m. EDT

Indiantown, FL, United States

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The Florida Power & Light (FPL) Martin Clean Energy Center is located near Indiantown in Martin County. It consists of 5 natural gas-fueled generating units and the world’s first hybrid solar thermal facility. Units 1 and 2 are 800 MW steam electric generating units that use natural gas and low-sulfur residual oil. Units 3 & 4 are 500 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle units. Unit 8 is a natural gas fired 4-on-1 combined cycle unit with a nominal capacity of 1150 MW that uses light oil as backup. Unit 8, placed into commercial operation in 2005 and integrated with the solar plant, features four 170 MW gas turbines, one 470 MW steam turbine, and a single condenser and cooling tower. The single solar field circuit heats 4 steam generators, after each gas turbine. The Martin solar thermal facility is designed to provide steam for FPL's existing Martin Unit 8 combined cycle unit, thus reducing FPL's use of natural gas. The site also includes a large cooling pond, storm water management areas, mitigation lands, and the Barley Barber Swamp. The tour of the facility will consist of a brief history of the entire site, including development stages. There will then be an informative classroom presentation, including how the solar plant works and how the energy is generated and transported to the grid. The tour will also provide renewable project updates on NEE -- which is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the sun and wind. Following this session, visitors will be able to get a bird’s eye view of the solar facility from a roof-top observation deck located at the Center. The visit will conclude with a bus trip through both the fossil portion of the site as well as the solar field. Visitors should expect the entire visit to run approximately 3 hours on-site, and the bus trip both to and from the site will includes FPL presentations about the site, and the protection/restoration of the Barley Barber Swamp.