Florida’s known for palm trees — how about solar trees? New ones pop up at Port Canaveral

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Florida Power & Light and Port Canaveral held a ceremony to unveil their solar trees, 3 at Exploration Tower and 2 at Jetty Park[…]

Brevard County’s solar tree “forest” is a bit larger now.

Officials from Port Canaveral and representatives of Florida Power & Light dedicated five new solar trees Wednesday — three next to Exploration Tower and two at Jetty Park.

“Here, solar energy grows on trees,” said Bart Gaetjens, FPL’s manager for external affairs, showcasing the port’s new solar trees.

Florida\'s known for palm trees — how about solar trees? New ones pop up at Port Canaveral

That’s 11 trees total now for the Space Coast. Along with the five solar trees at the port there are three in Palm Bay and three at the Brevard Zoo in Viera.

More: Sunny future for solar projects in Viera, Barefoot Bay areas

FPL also recently opened a solar generating facility in Barefoot Bay.

The seeds of the partnership between the port and FPL began last year. The port continues to highlight its commitment environmental issues, including the water quality of the main channel.

“This one was easy to embrace and easy to move our way forward with it,” Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Wayne Justice said of the solar tree agreement with FPL.

Each solar tree not only provides shade — and generates enough electricity to power an electric car for a year — they also appear to be hurricane sturdy. All of the solar trees in Brevard withstood Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The three trees in front of Exploration Tower also will be charging stations for visitors to use. The two in Jetty Park will generate electricity for the grid.

FPL, for its part, continues to push its solar initiatives across its coverage area, the Juno Beach-headquartered utility is progressing with one of the largest solar expansions ever in the eastern United States with more than 520 megawatts.

From 2016 to 2023, FPL expects to install more than 10 million solar panels. These advancements continue to improve FPL’s carbon emissions profile, which is already approximately 30 percent cleaner than the U.S. industry average.

Moreover, FPL’s eight newest solar plants combined are projected to generate more than $100 million in net savings, over and above the cost of construction, for FPL customers.

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