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February 16, 2021
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(BPRW) Paying tribute to our history while looking toward the future of clean energy

Embracing solar and sustainability across South Florida. Using solar trees and solar canopies, FPL is bringing visibility to clean energy in local neighborhoods, where residents might not otherwise see solar technology up close. Locations pay tribute to their namesakes and honor the area’s history.

(Black PR Wire) Environmental stewardship and sustainable decision-making are becoming more important throughout Florida, and a recognizable example of both is the FPL SolarNow program. Through the program, a new kind of tree is generating renewable energy at popular destinations around South Florida.

Florida Power & Light Company’s SolarNow is a voluntary program that brings innovative solar structures to the heart of various communities. Tens of thousands of participants in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have helped the program transform local parks, zoos, museums and community centers into living classrooms for people of all ages to learn about solar.

Designed to make a statement, the artistic FPL SolarNow structures are equipped with solar panels that draw clean energy from the sun, feed power to the electric grid, provide shade on hot days and inspire discussions about sustainability. Two such locations pay homage to historic figures who helped pave the way in minority communities.

Charles Hadley Park & Aquatic Complex in Miami-Dade County honors Charles Rudolph Hadley, considered “Mr. Civic Worker” in the area. For decades, Mr. Hadley served as a catalyst and leader in the areas of human rights and economic opportunity in the black community. His namesake park boasts an aquatic complex and state-of-the-art sports facilities, with two solar trees near the well-equipped playground. Several NFL players, including Lavonte David of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Devonta Freeman of the New York Giants, got their start playing football at the park for the Liberty City Optimist Club.

In Broward County, Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park honors one of Fort Lauderdale’s first Black police officers, who served as a community activist, politician and civil rights leader. He was known for striving to better relationships between black residents and the police force, and he was a founding member of the Minority Builders Coalition of Broward County and the Black Coalition of Broward County. His namesake park is located by the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, where a large solar canopy shades outdoor exercise equipment.

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