County receives FPL Million Solar Panel Award with completion of Grove Solar Energy Center

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Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) presented Indian River County with the ‘FPL Million Solar Panel Award’ at today’s county commission meeting. Indian River County is now one of only five Florida counties to earn the distinction.

The 1.2 millionth panel was installed at the FPL Grove Solar Energy Center, which was unanimously approved by the Indian River Board of County Commissioners in 2021.

The FPL Grove Solar Energy Center is FPL’s fourth 74.5 megawatt (MW) solar energy center in Indian River County. It joins the FPL Indian River, Blue Cypress and Orange Blossom solar energy centers in the third district.

Indian River Solar Site in Vero Beach, Fla. on December 2, 2020.

“For me, it was an easy decision to bring a million solar panels to Indian River County and lead the Treasure Coast to a more sustainable future,” said Indian River County Commissioner Joseph Earman. “Each panel installed here will not only bolster our economy, but also help preserve our environment.”

Those panels will be capable of powering approximately 60,0000 homes with clean, emissions-free energy, which represents an emissions reduction equivalent to taking 56,000 cars off the road each year.

“Solar energy just makes sense. It’s good for the environment, good for the community and good for FPL customers,” explained Bart Gaetjens, FPL External Affairs Manager. “We are grateful to Indian River County for taking a leadership role in Florida’s clean energy revolution.”

The new solar panels in Indian River County will contribute to FPL’s bold “30-by-30” plan to install 30 million solar panels across the state of Florida. The company expects to complete its “30-by-30” plan by the end of 2025 – five years ahead of schedule.

To learn more about FPL’s clean energy initiatives, visit

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