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Gov. Rick Scott visits new solar array, doesn't mention solar



Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday helped Lockheed Martin unveil a solar array that will allow the defense contractor to save up to $400,000 in electricity annually.

The company bills the facility, which has actually been online since last month, as the largest private solar array in Florida.

The $5 million solar project covers about 500 parking spots at a Lockheed facility that makes electronics and employs about 640 people.

The electricity generated will be used by Lockheed. But the company said excess electricity generated at peak sunlight hours will flow back into the Duke Energy Florida grid.

Scott in brief remarks promoted his record on job growth in the state, saying his administration had helped create in excess of 900,000 jobs.

But Scott, before an audience of Lockheed employees, said nothing directly about solar.

Afterward, the governor said this omission was not intentional.

“This is outstanding what is happening here,” he said.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 1:13pm]


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