FPL Group Inc., a Juno Beach, Fla.-based utility company, says it will invest up to $1.5 billion in new solar thermal generating facilities in Florida and California over the next seven years. Among the investments is a 10-megawatt project at Florida Power & Light using solar thermal technology from Ausra, Inc., which could be expanded to 300 megawatts. It is considered one of the largest solar thermal projects ever proposed in the U.S. and the largest in Florida.

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