Courtesy NextEra Energy Resources Newsletter
MOJAVE DESERT, CA - (November 4, 2009) Race car driver and environmentalist Leilani Münter was a guest of NextEra Energy Resources' Solar Energy Generating Systems in Kramer Junction, CA where she signed a solar panel to make it her own - just as she did with one of NextEra's wind turbines in Texas last February (Read the Article: Leilani Beats Stephen Colbert to the Punch
). She visited "The World's Leader in Solar Energy" for a tour and to shoot video footage in the solar fields of SEGS III-VII.
An accomplished stock car and open wheel race driver, Leilani also has a degree in biology, specializing in ecology, and is a popular public speaker and contributing writer to The Huffington Post. Leilani was impressed by the sheer size and number of Solar Collection Assemblies working in concert to produce 310 megawatts of clean energy - enough to power about 250,000 homes. She walked through the solar fields, saw the construction of the world's largest Solar Collector (the Helio Trough), observed the reflectivity maintenance equipment in action and viewed the site from an observation platform above the control room. Before leaving, she autographed a reflector panel "The Reflection of Our Future" along with a note thanking all the site team for its contributions to a cleaner environment. Her reflection panel is located at
SEGS V, 40-Papa, 15 south 4.
"It is a beautiful sight to see - what NextEra Energy Resources is doing for our planet with renewable energy is so important. It is transforming for how we live on this planet," said Leilani, "To be invited to visit both the largest solar thermal energy center in the world and the largest wind energy center in the world, and to get to sign my name there... it's quite an honor."
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About Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS)
There’s probably no better place to catch
some rays than California’s Mojave Desert,
and the seven Solar Electric Generating
Systems (SEGS) facilities accomplish that
task, using state-of-the-art technology to
collect solar power and convert it into commercial scale electricity.
NextEra™ Energy Resources co-owns and operates the SEGS facility, which represents a valuable part of the company’s clean and renewable energy mix and provides a national showcase for solar technology.
The SEGS facilities are —located in the heart of Southern California's Mojave Dsert (SEGS VIII, IX) at Harper Lake, collectively known as the world’s largest solar site with a generating capability of 310 megawatts. The facilities cover more than 2,000 acres in
the desert, and use more than 900,000 reflective panels to concentrate sunlight. All the power produced at SEGS is purchased by Southern California Edison.
About NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources is a clean energy leader and one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America. A subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based FPL Group (NYSE: FPL), NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the FPL Group nuclear fleet, which is the third largest in the U.S. FPL Group had 2008 revenues of more than $16 billion, approximately 39,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and more than 15,000 employees in 27 states and Canada. For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com