NextEra Energy recently announced an agreement under which JinkoSolar will NextEra Energy with up to 2,750 megawatts of solar modules, approximately 7 million solar panels, over approximately four years.
In conjunction with this agreement, JinkoSolar will open its first U.S. factory in Jacksonville, Florida, which is expected to create approximately 200 direct jobs in Florida and support hundreds of additional local jobs in related industries.
“As NextEra Energy continues to invest heavily in new solar projects across the country, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to buy cost-effective, reliable solar panels made here in America,” Jim Robo, NextEra Energy’s chairman and CEO, said. “JinkoSolar shares our commitment to delivering affordable clean energy solutions, and we are pleased to welcome them to our home state of Florida.”
Once fully operational, the factory is expected to have the capacity to build 400 megawatts of solar modules, more than one million solar panels each year.
“It’s exciting to know that solar panels built in Florida will be helping power FPL customers in the not-too-distant future,” Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company, said. “We are honored to have played a role in making this possible, but it wouldn’t have happened without the dedication and dogged efforts of Governor Scott, Enterprise Florida, Mayor Curry, JAXUSA Partnership, the Jacksonville City Council, JEA and the business community. By working together with open minds and a shared commitment, they made Florida shine in the face of fierce competition from other states.”
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