FPL, Florida International University to build solar research facility

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Florida International University (FIU) announced a new partnership to build a commercial-scale distributed solar power facility that will generate electricity and serve as an innovative research operation.

Using data from a 1.6-MW solar array, faculty and students from FIU's College of Engineering and Computing will study the effects of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) generation on the electric grid.

In 2010, FPL established an on-campus customer care training center where FIU students learn from FPL's customer service organization, answering calls from FPL customers.

To date, FPL operates three solar power plants in the state. The company recently announced plans to triple its solar generation in Florida by the end of 2016.

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