Universal-Scale Solar

Solar energy is good for our environment and our economy.

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INDUSTRY LEADER

NextEra Energy Resources operates 30 universal-scale solar projects in the United States and Canada.

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BENEFITS

Clean, Reliable and Affordable

Solar plants operate when energy consumption needs are at their highest, effectively matching energy supply and demand. Solar energy is cost effective and has reached parity with natural gas in certain markets.

 
SOLAR ENERGY SITES

From Start to Finish

NextEra Energy Resources’ construction team is experienced in building universal solar plants. Hundreds of construction workers can be involved in a typical solar construction project. Our goal is to hire as many workers from the area as possible. Construction typically takes between six and 12 months.

 

Siting and Development

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Siting a solar project is challenging work. The right combination of solar conditions, power transmission lines and land all play important roles.

Our developers work with landowners to walk them through the process, as well as meeting with local officials on project progress, conducting environmental assessments, completing historical and archaelogical reviews, arranging connection to the power grid, securing customers for the site’s generated electricity, attending public meetings to gain approval for construction, permitting and land use zoning; and procuring the necessary equipment for construction.

Construction

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Once approvals are in place and contracts are signed, solar PV energy sites can usually be built in six to twelve months. Steps include:

  • Erecting a fence for safety;
  • Laying high-quality gravel roads to accommodate heavy equipment;
  • Constructing a substation and possibly an operations and maintenance building;
  • Installing the solar arrays; and
  • Testing and commissioning the completed arrays.

 

Ready for Operations

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Once construction is complete and the plant is commissioned, commercial operations begin. The site is then turned over to operations staff who operate and maintain the solar plant.

Solar panel rows at White Pine Solar, Butler, GA

How Solar Energy Works

  1. As sunlight hits the solar panels, the solar energy is converted into direct current electricity (DC).
  2. The direct current is connected on cables from each row of panels and flows into power inverters where it is converted into alternating current (AC).
  3. The AC electricity passes through a power transformer.
  4. The transformer boosts the voltage of the current for delivery onto the transmission lines, so local electric utilities can distributed the electricity to homes and businesses along the electrical grid.