SFirst Solar Power lflant'
Possible In DeSoto CountF
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By FRED THOMAS
Tribune Staff Writer -
.; the technology is when tee high-level
The 20,000-acre tract of undeveloped Bothwell said that a breakthrough in management decides." -
land that Florida Power & Light Co. solar technology might persuade FP&L One such possibility .is windmill
purchased Aug. 29 of last year may be to go the solar route. power, Bothwellsaid.
used for the state's first solar electricity Problems, however, surround the De^
plant, an FP&L official said yesterday. FP&L HAS selected two sites for fu- Soto site. hI e r ., u t e
".Nestled in DeSoto County, northeast ture power plants. The De Soto site is Nuclear reactors require, millionsof
of. Arcadia, the 31-square-mile site also one, while the other is adjacent to the .gallons; of fresh water each day to cool
could be used for another nuclear system Turkey Point station, the location of the the core of the' reactor!".When the water
"for-' Miami-based FP&L, the state's first FP&L Nuclear reactors. Turkey is discharged, the hot water has to be'
"biggest electric company. Point is located south of Miami on Bis- cooled by law to within five degrees
,FP&L paid American Agronomics cayne Bay. of the intake water temperatures ,
Corp.; of Tampa, $12.4 million for the Since the oil crisis of early last year, There are no major streams or rivers
tractof land. and with consumer conservation, the de- in that area of the state. Water would
mand for additional power plants isn't as have .to be piped in or wouldhave to
"ACCORDING TO spokesman Anthony great, Bothwell said "but," he stressed, come. from an underground :aquifier,:
"Bothwell, no decisions have been made "Florida is still the fastest growing state which might alter the. nearby,,swmp
about what type of generating plant will in the nation, and we have a pretty good water table. '
be built. idea what our needs will be." FP&L said that "right now it has no
'Frankly, we hope to have a nuclear By law the Florida Power Planting intentions" of joining financial hands
power plant at the DeSoto site," Both- Siting Act of 1973 -the utilities must with other utilities to build the De Soto
well said. "Our attitude is that nuclear present a 10-year plan to various govern- Plant. "We don need jointvetue
power is so much cheaper for consumers Plant. 'We don't needa ot vet
and cleaner for the environment, and ment agencies before construction from our point of view," Bothwell said.
based on record it is safer. begins. So far, FP&L hasn'tturned in Turkey Point station hastwo,nuclear
"But we're not about to build a fossil the first proposal. reactors, each rated at 714 million.watts
fuel plant if we can help it." The cost of (megawatts) apiece during peak winter-
fossl pels co an help it" The cost of Bothwell said that construction could output. The company is also building a
fossil fuels coal, gas and oile has begin "by no earlier than the late 1970s pair of reactors in St. Lucie Couty,
risen in the past year and these fuels i plans were submitted and approved which is north of West Palm Beach.
e m ei in the very near future." Those two reactors would put out 817
"We're keeping abreast with chang- megawatts apieceA' <, :
ing technology and the research and de- IF FP&L ELECTS to build a nuclear The first St. Lucie reactor will be
velopment in solar power," Bothwell fission reactor, the cost would be enor- loaded with its fuel later this year, Both-
said. "Who knows? There are so many i mous more than $1 billion for the con- well said. Construction hasn't started on
variables now with the economy and struction alone, Bothwell said. the second reactor."... .
money market being what it is." Once constructed, however, nuclear. Florida Power Corp.of St. Petersburg
Solar power the actual generating plants. operate than the ossil-fired is nearing completion of its first reactor,
of electricity can be achieved, but it is an 850-megawatt plant at, Crystal River,-;'
extremely expensive. FP&L said that it is not restricted to near Tarpon Springs.' s
"nuclear or solar energy at this time. Earlier this month FPC requested
"We're also open to other exotic forms bids from other utilities to help finance
of power," Bothwell said. "We've very the completion of the project. "'
flexible. Much of this depends on what ,.. .' -*