FPL Installs Solar Panels at Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium

FPL Installs Solar Panels at Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium


Juno Beach, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 10, 2006–Coinciding with Florida’s Energy Efficiency Week, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is announcing a new solar array exhibit at the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium. FPL is building the two kilowatt (kW) solar array as part of its Sunshine Energy(R) renewable program. The museum is located at 3280 South Miami Ave. just north of Coconut Grove. The solar array will be ground mounted and is being built next to the museum’s wildlife exhibit.

Energy Efficiency Week

Governor Jeb Bush designated October 5-11, 2006 as Energy Efficiency Week as part of a new comprehensive energy bill that was enacted by the Florida Legislature in May 2006. The goals of Florida’s 2006 Energy Act are to reduce the state’s dependence on imported oil, spur economic growth and increase Florida’s investment in cleaner, alternative energy sources such as solar, hydrogen and biofuels.

In unveiling Florida’s 2006 Energy Act, the governor said in a statement, “A reliable, cost-efficient supply of energy is critical to Florida’s continued prosperity. Through diversity and conservation efforts, we can reduce our dependence on imported oil, spur economic growth and ensure that a balanced mix of fuel sources and technologies are readily available for years to come.” For more information about Florida’s energy act visit http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/energynews/2006/2006-03-energybill.htm.

“FPL supports the state’s new energy act and the concept behind Energy Efficiency Week,” said Manny J. Rodriguez, FPL’s regional director of external affairs. FPL has a number of energy conservation initiatives and offers its Sunshine Energy program as a choice for those who wish to support cleaner energy. We are participating in Florida’s Energy Efficiency Week and promoting it through our own educational events.”

FPL Solar Array at Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium

FPL selected the Museum because of its commitment to scientific discovery, particularly for children and their parents. “We are honored that FPL selected the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium as the location to build this educational solar array exhibit,” said Gillian Thomas, president of the museum. “In addition to supporting the environment, this new solar array will be a wonderful teaching tool that will help museum visitors see how electricity is made and help them understand the benefits of cleaner, renewable energy sources such as solar electricity. This will also serve as a test as we move towards our new ‘green building’ Museum downtown.” The 2 kW ground-mounted solar project will be located next to the museum’s Falcon Bachelor Bird of Prey Wildlife Center Hospital. It will consist of nine photovoltaic panels and will be nearly 100 square feet. Each panel is about 58 inches wide and 26.5 inches high.

The 2 kW solar exhibit will help avoid nearly 5,500 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the air each year. That is equivalent to not driving over 6,000 miles or not making the 85-mile round-trip from Miami to West Palm Beach about 70 times. The solar array will be a 2.0 kW GE SunUps System.

The solar array will be a functioning, teaching vehicle for the students and people who visit the museum each year. More than 60,000 school children in South Florida ranging from Pre-K up to the 12th grade visit the museum each year. The Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium hosts first-class exhibitions that educate and entertain people of all ages in topics ranging from the environment, sciences and cultural heritage. The Museum is poised to create a great cultural landmark, a new 200,000 sq. ft. facility located downtown that will expand the Museum’s reach throughout the hemisphere.

Sunshine Energy(R)

Sunshine Energy is a voluntary green power program offered as a choice for FPL residential customers who want to support cleaner, renewable electric generation. FPL does not profit from this program in any way. An important element of the Sunshine Energy program is FPL’s commitment to build renewable facilities in the state of Florida. The company pledges to develop solar as customers sign up for the program. FPL’s Sunshine Energy program was recently ranked No. 4 in the country for sales volume and No. 6 for total customer participation by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Additionally, the program was recognized by the U.S. EPA and DOE as a 2005 Green Power Leadership Award Recipient.

As of today, FPL’s Sunshine Energy(R) program has more than 26,000 participants. These customers have voluntarily signed up for Sunshine Energy since FPL launched the renewable energy program in February 2004. FPL does not profit from this program.

FPL’s Energy Conservation Programs

According to the latest US Department of Energy (DOE) report on conservation programs, FPL was rated number one among utilities nationwide. Customers are encouraged to learn all they can about conservation, installing energy efficient equipment in their homes and businesses and FPL’s incentive programs by visiting http://www.FPL.com.

About FPL

Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE:FPL), nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer-driven organization focused on energy-related products and services. With annual revenues of more than $11 billion and a growing presence in 26 states, FPL Group is widely recognized as one of the country’s premier power companies. Florida Power & Light Company serves 4.4 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group’s competitive energy subsidiary is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.FPL.com, http://www.FPLGroup.com and http://www.FPLEnergy.com.

About Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium

The Museum, founded in 1949, is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The Museum is a recipient of the National Award for Museum Service by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Major operating support for the Museum and Planetarium is received from Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council. For Museum information, call 305-646-4200 visit http://www.miamisci.org.

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FPL Installs Solar Panels at Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium