FPL Blog http://www.fplblog.com Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:50:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Does it cost more to run a refrigerator in the garage? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-it-cost-more-to-run-a-refrigerator-in-the-garage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=does-it-cost-more-to-run-a-refrigerator-in-the-garage http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-it-cost-more-to-run-a-refrigerator-in-the-garage/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:50:54 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3658 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-it-cost-more-to-run-a-refrigerator-in-the-garage/feed/ 0 Top 5 tips: Get the most out of your email or online bill http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-tips-get-the-most-out-of-your-email-or-online-bill/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-5-tips-get-the-most-out-of-your-email-or-online-bill http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-tips-get-the-most-out-of-your-email-or-online-bill/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:45:49 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3617 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-tips-get-the-most-out-of-your-email-or-online-bill/feed/ 1 What’s old, ugly and used but worth millions of dollars? http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/whats-old-ugly-and-used-but-worth-millions-of-dollars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-old-ugly-and-used-but-worth-millions-of-dollars http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/whats-old-ugly-and-used-but-worth-millions-of-dollars/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:32:08 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3607 What’s old, ugly and used but worth millions of dollars?

Many folks may not consider mounds of ugly wires to be anything but trash; but at FPL we see things a little differently. We’re recycling smarter to turn our trash into cash and creating savings for customers. By taking giant heaps of discarded underground cables and sorting them into piles of valuable aluminum and copper, we’ve been able to sell the raw materials; generating millions of dollars of savings that can be channeled into helping you – our customer, save even more on your electric bill. 

Watch how we turn trash into cash:

We recycle all kinds of material, even the oil from transformers that connect to our power lines. In 2013, we recycled and remanufactured more than 800,000 gallons of mineral oil. This particular oil is cleaned and turned into base oil that can then produce baby oil and even new transformer fluid.

By eliminating waste and reducing the need for new goods, we’ve been able to provide value to you with a new and innovative approach. It’s just one more way that we’re working to keep our customers’ bills the lowest in the state.

More fun facts about our recycling effort:

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Success story: Customer finds easy savings​ http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/success-story-customer-finds-easy-savings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=success-story-customer-finds-easy-savings http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/success-story-customer-finds-easy-savings/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:42:38 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3609 Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. E. Hernandez moved to Palm Bay with his wife in 2006. He has taken energy efficiency very seriously since moving to Florida and loves to learn new ways to save money on his FPL bill. In fact, he enjoys it so much that he has taken our free Online Home Energy Survey four times!

“The first time I took the Online Home Energy Survey it provided me with a lot of information, it was easy to use,” said Hernandez. “After answering a few simple questions, I was able to obtain a lot of information about my energy usage and make my bill even lower.”

The easy to use, free tool provides him with a personalized energy-savings plans, tips and recommendations to save up to $250 a year in energy costs. By taking the survey, Hernandez learned that his electricity bill rises when he has visitors in town but thanks to the energy-saving tips offered in his report, he has made adjustments to counter the impacts and save money, like installing time-sensitive lights to reduce excess use. 

“I try to encourage my houseguests to save energy, but I don’t want to become a nuisance,” explains Hernandez. “Instead I just remind them to turn off the lights when they are done in a room and things like that. When my grandkids are in town however, it becomes a little more challenging.”

While FPL’s typical residential bill is already the lowest in the state and about 25 percent lower than the national average, this free tool makes it even easier for customers to take control of their bill.

“I think the Online Home Energy Survey is a great tool,” added Hernandez. “If people take the time to use the tools FPL offers they will see it is worth their while. You have nothing lose, and everything to gain.”

Start saving today at FPL.com/easytosave.

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A/C fan switch – “on” or “auto”? Which saves the most money? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/acsetting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=acsetting http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/acsetting/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:16:06 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3526 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/acsetting/feed/ 229 Take 3 minutes to help your neighbors in need http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/take-3-minutes-to-help-your-neighbors-in-need/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=take-3-minutes-to-help-your-neighbors-in-need http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/take-3-minutes-to-help-your-neighbors-in-need/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:46:08 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3531
You can help your neighbors in need right now by visiting www.SupportLIHEAP.org. In less than three minutes, you can contact your members of Congress to urge their support for continued funding for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 
 
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Relief from the heat isn’t always as easy as adjusting the thermostat, especially for seniors on fixed incomes and many Florida families. LIHEAP is federal program that helps people in need across the country to pay for essential energy service, such as cooling costs in Florida and other warm-weather states. Funding is distributed by local agencies that ensure it goes to people who need it most. For Floridians struggling to pay their utility bills, LIHEAP can be a lifesaver.
 
Preserving LIHEAP funding is critical. Not only does it support people in times of need, it helps essential service providers keep unpaid costs from impacting all of their customers. Currently, less than 10 percent of those who need help in Florida actually receive it. That’s why it’s important that we advocate for Florida to receive its fair share of the annual funding.
 
I urge you to contact your elected officials and request their support for full LIHEAP funding and for Floridians to receive their appropriate share. Thank you for your time.
 
Lou Gonzalez
Special Consumer Services
Florida Power & Light
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Open vents vs. closed – Which lowers A/C costs? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/vent/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vent http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/vent/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:37:50 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3456 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/vent/feed/ 371 What causes higher summer bills? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/summer-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=summer-tips http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/summer-tips/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:51:56 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3436 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/summer-tips/feed/ 73 Top 5 Ways To Get Storm Info http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-ways-to-get-storm-info/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-5-ways-to-get-storm-info http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-ways-to-get-storm-info/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 13:32:38 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3416 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-ways-to-get-storm-info/feed/ 16 Robotics competition excites future engineers, computer scientists and other high-tech professionals http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/robotics-competition-excites-future-engineers-computer-scientists-and-other-high-tech-professionals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=robotics-competition-excites-future-engineers-computer-scientists-and-other-high-tech-professionals http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/robotics-competition-excites-future-engineers-computer-scientists-and-other-high-tech-professionals/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 17:44:50 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3323 For the second year in a row, I’ve had the pleasure of supporting the FIRST Robotics South Florida Regionals Competition, an incredible combination of hard work and pure fun. You may wonder what a high school robotics competition has to do with maintaining Florida Power & Light Company’s current fleet of modern fuel-efficient power plants. While power generation and working with robotics are two very different things, the teamwork, skill, dedication, and determination required to be successful at each is very similar.

At this year’s South Florida competition, high school robotics teams from all over the region, plus other states and Mexico, face-off in a game called Aerial Assist. The game consists of three robots per team, on a flat 25’ x 54’ field, that try to score as many balls into a goal as possible during a two-and-a-half minute match. Behind the scenes are FPL’s talented welders, machinists and engineers who manned the “Robot Urgent Care” center, a machine shop for repairing “injured” robots.

At the care center, students and the FPL team’s skills overlapped. The interaction between fellow craftsmen, while operating on damaged robot drive systems and broken appendages, provides insight to a career in the mechanical craft field. Not only are we helping teams to successfully complete months of hard work, but the FPL employees are introducing students to a world of design, fabrication, and manufacturing that they might not even know existed in the power industry.

FPL’s support of FIRST Robotics encourages future engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, machinists and mechanics. If the respect, dedication, and teamwork these students exhibited at the competition reflect future FPL employees, our future is looking bright.

 

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Together, we’re always ready when you need us most http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/together-were-always-ready-when-you-need-us-most/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=together-were-always-ready-when-you-need-us-most http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/together-were-always-ready-when-you-need-us-most/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 22:42:24 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3314 On the ten-year anniversary of Hurricanes Charley, Jeanne and Frances, our Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Rob Gould, shares his thoughts on what we’ve learned during the past ten years and how our new partnership with the Florida National Guard is one way we’re doing our part to be ready when the next major storm hits.

The world has changed during the past ten years, and in particular, the last 3-4 years with the proliferation of mobile devices and other items in our homes and businesses that require electricity. Super Storm Sandy demonstrated how large an undertaking it is to launch a public response to a man-made or natural disaster. While we’ve been fortunate to have a relatively quiet string of storm seasons here in Florida, at FPL, we’re certainly not resting on our laurels.

When it comes to emergency response, we’re constantly striving for continuous improvement. We’ve learned from our fellow utilities and understand the value of working together. We’ve had the opportunity to benchmark how other emergency response professionals from outside our industry have worked together to communicate during other types of incidents, such as the Boston Marathon and late January mall shooting in suburban Maryland.

We value our partnership with Florida’s first responder community and we share with these organizations a passion and duty to serve in times of crisis, such as a hurricane. Our commitment to you is we’ll work around-the-clock to restore your life to normal as quickly as possible.

And that’s what has led us to launch what we believe is a first-of-a-kind partnership with the Florida National Guard. As a former National Guardsman myself, I can speak for the entire company when I say we’re honored to have a Florida National Guardsman work side-by-side our emergency response organization with one goal in mind – to improve our ability to respond during a crisis.

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We hope this partnership creates a model other utilities and National Guard units around the country can replicate to better serve their customers and citizens in times of need.

How we’ve upgraded our system to make it more resilient

Though it’s been a decade since the epic storm season of 2004, as a company our commitment to upgrading our electric grid has never been stronger. It’s evident in the more than $1.4 billion we’ve invested since 2004 to make it more resilient. We have now installed more than 4.6 million smart meters and introduced state-of-the-art technology to help reduce the number of outages and restore service faster when they happen.

We’ve also looked at how to shorten the amount of time it takes to restore power when we experience large scale storms. In Florida, when falling tree limbs knock out power, repairing the broken line extends the time it takes get your power restored. To minimize these delays, we’ve proactively cleared away vegetation from over 100,000 miles of power lines. Similarly, we’ve made sure our poles are ready to withstand extreme winds by inspecting all of our power poles – more than one million of them – and upgrading or replacing those that aren’t up to muster.

We know that after any major storm public safety is critical. That’s why we’ve strengthened the more than 450 main power lines serving key community infrastructure – like hospitals, police and fire stations, 911 centers, water treatment and sewage facilities.

Each year, our nearly 9,000 employees participate in training and drills to test our comprehensive restoration plan, such as this one this week. Our experience from past hurricanes has only strengthened our resolve to do even better for our customers when the next bad storm comes our way.

Now is the time to get ready

Our back of the envelope math leads us to believe that more than one million residents are new to the FPL service territory since the time of Charley, Jeanne or Frances. That means that these customers have either never experienced the deadly force of a hurricane, or their paradigm is one of a number of named storms in some other part of the country. Regardless, complacency is something all of us must guard against. The fact is it’s not a matter of if we’ll ever see another hurricane, but rather when.

One thing I’ve learned in my years of experience in the utility industry is to never to bank on a quiet storm season. That’s why at FPL we’re getting prepared and encourage you to do the same. Take time today to visit our upgraded storm center at www.FPL.com/storm for tips on how to prepare yourself and family this storm season. We’ll be ready for the next one and we urge you to be, too.

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Are you missing out on saving up to $137? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/are-you-missing-out-on-saving-up-to-137/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-you-missing-out-on-saving-up-to-137 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/are-you-missing-out-on-saving-up-to-137/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:38:15 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3239 h

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Storm Banner http://www.fplblog.com/storm-mode-banner/storm-banner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=storm-banner http://www.fplblog.com/storm-mode-banner/storm-banner/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:25:20 +0000 http://208.39.123.211/?p=3267 http://www.fplblog.com/storm-mode-banner/storm-banner/feed/ 0 Hero Banner http://www.fplblog.com/banner/hero-banner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hero-banner http://www.fplblog.com/banner/hero-banner/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:44:53 +0000 http://208.39.123.211/?p=3258 http://www.fplblog.com/banner/hero-banner/feed/ 0 Turning computers off vs. sleep mode http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/turning-computers-off-vs-sleep-mode/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=turning-computers-off-vs-sleep-mode http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/turning-computers-off-vs-sleep-mode/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:41:36 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3155 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/turning-computers-off-vs-sleep-mode/feed/ 116 2014 Power to Care Makes A Difference Across the State http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/2014-power-to-care-makes-a-difference-across-the-state/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2014-power-to-care-makes-a-difference-across-the-state http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/2014-power-to-care-makes-a-difference-across-the-state/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:19:24 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3022 There’s nothing like helping someone else. Studies show that the more people volunteer, the happier they are. It connects you to others, it’s good for your mind and body, it’s fun!
 
This past week, more than 1,300 NextEra Energy employees and their families in Florida were able to get out and do something nice for our community. We saw support and enthusiasm from all levels of the company. Monday through Saturday, employees participated in 29 events, including 24 on Saturday! 

Everywhere we went, our hosts were shocked at how hard our folks worked and how much we got done. All I can say is that if you volunteered last week, thank you for personifying our company values. Please take a minute to appreciate the immediate and lasting positive impact of your work. The Power to Care projects, which covered a wide spectrum of activities, not only help the individuals who are served by the various community organizations that we partnered with, but also the people who work at each location.

The week kicked off with our largest employee volunteer event in the history of the six years of Power to Care. Close to 200 of us met at Washington Elementary in Riviera Beach, a Title One school that was actually on the list to be demolished a few years ago. But when the economy took a turn for the worse and dollars got tight, the Palm Beach School District had to work with what it had and the school stayed as it was; no additional money or work has been invested there in several years.

Well, we changed that on Monday, March 3. Every exterior wall was painted, gardens thinned, reading areas carved out, vegetables planted and beautiful expansive murals were hand-painted. The school’s principal Sandra Edwards wrote a blog about the day and its impact.

As a touching sidebar to this event, Information Management employee Dan Russell from the Toledo Blade Service Center in North Port drove across the state to participate in this event. His son works at the school as a learning specialist, and Dan loved the idea of being able to do something special for his son’s school and its students.

The rest of the week was equally rewarding and special. In Collier County, we helped construct wire cages to protect sea turtle eggs. In Broward, our volunteers sorted clothes for the homeless and spruced up a foster home. While in Miami, we assembled furniture and painted the gym for  a Boys & Girls Club. Check out Clubs’ Executive Director Alex Rodriguez-Roig’s blog about the day.

While Power to Care Week may be over for this year, please know that Power to Care events are not limited to just one week. We plan dozens of these volunteer events throughout the year. Likewise, I hope that our company events encourage you and your family to connect with your community and to make it a better place to live, work and play.

See more highlights from FPL’s Power to Care Week on our Facebook page.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade & FPL Team Up http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/boys-and-girls-clubs-of-miami-dade-fpl-team-up-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boys-and-girls-clubs-of-miami-dade-fpl-team-up-2 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/boys-and-girls-clubs-of-miami-dade-fpl-team-up-2/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:45:25 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3068 One of the hardest things families face today is balancing the responsibilities of work with raising kids in an environment that will allow them to reach their potential.

This is where Boys & Girls Clubs come into play. Our job is to help young people, especially those living in tough environments, to develop into productive, caring and responsible citizens. We run five clubs across the county, serving 8,000 kids, but we can’t do it alone.

Today, a team of close to 100 volunteers from Florida Power & Light Company came to our Kendall Club facility and painted walls, including the outside of our gymnasium, assembled some new cool furniture and basically gave the entire place a facelift. We are so thankful that their hard work made this safe place for children to learn and grow an even more welcoming one. The kids will be so happy to see their refreshed club!

See more highlights from FPL’s Power to Care Week on our Facebook page.

It’s amazing how much your surroundings can impact you. Coming to a clean, safe and well-kept place is important so our kids can focus on learning and growing. Thanks to partners like FPL, our kids see and know firsthand that our community is willing to come here and work hard just for them.

Today’s project was part of FPL’s sixth annual Power to Care Week, which includes dozens of volunteer events in areas all across the state. We have a long and positive history with FPL and we are so glad to have their support, including the addition of our newest board member – Willie Ho, who is a director in the company’s customer service department.

If you want to make a difference in a child’s life, whether it’s reading, teaching kids to sew or throw a ball, we welcome your inquiries and your willingness to reach out and help. Please call us at (305) 446-9910 and we will match your time, talent and treasures to an area, on a schedule, at a location, that works for you.

We have a lot to be grateful for today. Thank you to FPL and all our other community partners for doing all you can do to help our kids.

Alex Rodriguez-Roig
President
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

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How do I find out if my A/C is controlled by my humidistat or thermostat? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/how-do-i-find-out-if-my-ac-is-controlled-by-my-humidistat-or-thermostat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-do-i-find-out-if-my-ac-is-controlled-by-my-humidistat-or-thermostat http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/how-do-i-find-out-if-my-ac-is-controlled-by-my-humidistat-or-thermostat/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:38:07 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3110 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/how-do-i-find-out-if-my-ac-is-controlled-by-my-humidistat-or-thermostat/feed/ 2 It Takes a Community http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/it-takes-a-community/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=it-takes-a-community http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/it-takes-a-community/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:39:01 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=2984 Overseeing the elementary school experience of 400 students and their families is my job and my joy as the principal at Washington Elementary School in Riviera Beach. Research confirms — and I am convinced — of the importance top-quality early education plays in helping shape a students’ future academic and professional success.

We are the 11th largest school district in the nation, serving more than 181,000 students.  We are very proud of the fact that our district is the top-performing urban school district in the State of Florida.

But we do have challenges, such as balancing finite resources that occasionally defer capital improvements to accommodate student and teacher needs. It’s a balancing act.

Today, however, those improvements didn’t need to take a back seat because our school campus was overwhelmed by the generosity of  hundreds of Florida Power and Light employees. FPL calls it part of their “Power to Care” week; I call it an extraordinary demonstration of community involvement and commitment. Our district’s facility maintenance teams also played a vital role in the physical transformation, by prepping the school in a way that maximized the effectiveness of FPL volunteers … I want to offer my deepest thanks to everyone who came together and contributed to this remarkable makeover. The before and after photos tell the story, please take a look:


To view images from FPL’s Power to Care Week, visit FPL’s Facebook page.

Our students and teachers are working hard, now they’ll know our community is working just as hard for them. This is a school campus they can be proud of and pride in your school is a cornerstone for success.

I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who came together today to make Washington Elementary the best it can be. And a special thanks to the hundreds of FPL volunteers who demonstrated our community’s strength resides in our Power to Care.

If you, your friends, family or business want to roll up your sleeves at one of the 185 schools in our district, please call our district business partnership coordinator at 561-434-7323.

With respect and gratefulness,

Sandra Edwards

Principal, Washington Elementary School
Striving for Excellence, Achieving Success
Riviera Beach, FL

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Helping students hit solar-powered high notes http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/helping-students-hit-solar-powered-high-notes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=helping-students-hit-solar-powered-high-notes http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/helping-students-hit-solar-powered-high-notes/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:57:38 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=2954 Miami Carol City Senior High School Jazz band is plugging into the Florida sunshine with the help of FPL.  The 20-member student band is benefiting from the school’s ability to offset energy usage during their practice sessions with electricity from solar energy.  As part of its ongoing commitment to clean energy and education, FPL is installing solar arrays at more than 90 educational facilities across Florida, including Miami Carol City Senior High. The initiative will inspire students to learn how clean, solar energy works and how it can power their future.

And speaking of the future, the Miami-area high school musicians are hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of the school’s famous musical alumni such as Flo Rida, Rick Ross and Brisco. In fact, they’ll see a host of world-renowned performers at the upcoming Ninth Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival (March 14-16, 2014) in Miami Gardens, Fla. FPL will be right there with them supporting this annual event that’s so important to South Florida.

The solar array at the high school is projected to provide enough electricity to light up five classrooms as well as generate enough savings to cover the cost of the entire band’s admission to the City of Miami Gardens’ landmark musical festival.  Learn more about FPL’s solar programs.

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