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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida Power & Light is starting to operate five new solar facilities this week, as the state’s utility industry continues a steady expansion of the use of solar energy.

FPL said the five facilities will begin operating by Thursday in Baker, Okeechobee, Nassau, St. Johns and Union counties.

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Each facility will be able to generate 74.5 megawatts of electricity and are part of a FPL program known as SolarTogether, which began this year.

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The utility said it is building nine other solar facilities, which are expected to be finished in 2021.

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