Minto Sells 400-acre Site to FPL for New Solar Plant

CITY OF WESTLAKE, FL – (June 20, 2018) – Palm Beach County’s newest master-planned community, Westlake, will soon include the county’s first large utility-scale solar plant. 

Recently, Florida Power & Light received site plan approval from the City of Westlake to develop a 400-acre solar energy center on the western part of town.  Today, the power company closed on the purchase of the land from Minto Communities, which is developing the 4,500-home Westlake master-planned community within the City. The purchase price FPL paid for the 400-acre site was $10 million based on the recorded deed from the transaction.  

The solar plant will have the capacity to serve thousands of homes in the area with clean, renewable energy. According to reports, each of the new plants can produce 74.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approximately 15,000 homes each. 

“When you compare this plant’s energy production capacity versus the amount of power Westlake will consume when built out, there would likely be a net zero carbon offset,” said John Carter, a Minto vice president.  “Essentially the city would be consuming as much power as it would be producing from the solar energy center located within the city.”

Minto Communities has long been committed to developing environmentally sustainable communities and building homes with green technology and products.  All Westlake homes are energy efficient, which means lower monthly energy costs for residents.  Visit www.Minto.com for a full list of energy efficient features. 

Westlake is located off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Southern Boulevard and Northlake Boulevard. It is Palm Beach County’s newest city, blending residential, commercial and recreational elements.  Several residents have already closed on homes and started moving into their new homes located in the community’s first neighborhood, the Hammocks. 

According to the site plan application, FPL has named the Westlake solar energy center the “Hibiscus Energy Center.”

Westlake is located at 16610 Town Center Parkway North in the City of Westlake. For more information on the community, call 888-299-3628 or visit WestlakeFL.com.  

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About Minto Communities USA:

Minto Communities USA, based in Florida since 1978, has represented integrity, financial strength and enduring value for over 40 years.  Minto builds exceptional new homes and communities to meet every lifestyle, with more than 25,000 new homes built in 48 communities.  Minto is dedicated to continuous improvement in design, quality and customer experience. Applauded and recognized as an expert in the home building industry, Minto was awarded “Best Floor Plans” from Ideal-Living magazine. 

These are just some of the elements that set Minto apart as an exceptional home builder and community developer and have earned the company national recognition that includes consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys.  Minto has earned multiple national awards for community and home design, including Best Mixed-Use Community and Best Clubhouse from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for The Isles of Collier Preserve community in Naples, Florida; and Best Clubhouse from NAHB for the Beach Club at Harbour Isle located in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. 

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