Florida’s largest solar-energy plant (in Martin County) fails to meet potential, cites toxic accident

Graphic by Orlando Sentinel

Instead, it generated enough power last year for only 2,056 homes, according to the Sentinel’s analysis of monthly reports filed by FPL with the Florida Public Service Commission…

Additionally, FPL filed a report with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection about an accident that occurred in June when industrial fluid which circulates through the mirrored array, became contaminated with water that turned into steam and burst a valve. An estimated 46,000 gallons of fluid sprayed into the air for two hours, raining down on 25 acres of power-plant property. The fluid, while not highly hazardous to people, is extremely toxic to fish and aquatic organisms, and the plant overlooks the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s largest lake.

For the full story: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-fpl-solar-electricity-dud-20120310,0,6480133.story

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