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selected Rothenbach Park in Sarasota as the site for its first solar array.

The 250 kilowatt array will be the largest in Florida and one of the largest in the southeast. the The Sarasota Board of County Commissioners approved the location for the site pending final permission.

FPL said the solar facility will prevent more than 680,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the air each year, which is equivalent to the level of the toxic gas released by driving nearly 761,000 miles annually.

The array is a product of FPL's Sunshine Energy Program. The company also announced that the program reached a record enrollment of about 24,000 customers.

Participants in FPL's Sunshine Energy program will be paying $9.75 more each month as part of their electric bill.

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