There are numerous uses for solar energy, including heating water for residential use, space heating of buildings, drying agricultural products and generating electrical energy.
After the initial investment in solar-energy equipment, the costs are minimal since the sun provides free "fuel." These facilities are not affected by the supply and demand of fuel and subject to price volatility, and solar energy can help reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy. Solar energy is also clean and renewable, which helps protect our environment.
NextEra Energy Resources is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and the sun. We currently have more than 2,035 MW of solar generating capacity (as of Dec. 31, 2017), representing facilities in 16 states, 1 province in Canada and 1 province in Spain.
Solar energy offsets pollution from fossil fuels and the overall impact of solar on human health is overwhelmingly positive. To learn more, view our "Solar energy and the environment" fact sheet.
Solar energy represents about 11 percent of NextEra Energy Resources' generation.