Minto Sells 400-Acre Westlake Site To FPL For New Solar Plant

Westlake, Palm Beach County’s newest master-planned community, 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 the community. This week, the power company closed on the purchase of the land from Minto Communities, which is developing the 4,500-home Westlake master-planned community. 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,” Minto Vice President John Carter said. “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 will be energy efficient, which means lower monthly energy costs for residents.

Westlake is located off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Southern and Northlake boulevards. 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. For more information, call (888) 299-3628 or visit


  1. Pretty smart actually. That is huge write off, they get power cheaper for community, so make money off residents (cause they wont get it cheaper), and the High School side is commercial real estate and power plant. So eye sore issues are Acreage problems, not Minto problems. And then there is the issue of the actual solar farm being in a wildlife estuary. “Much of the problem appears to lie in the “lake effect,” in which birds and their insect prey can mistake a reflective solar facility for a water body, or spot water ponds at the site, then hone in on it. Because of the power of the lake effect, the federal investigators described such solar farms as “mega-traps” in their report.” I am not against, but please provide some research and tools to the project to prevent our ecosystem from becoming endangered for the sake of becoming greener. With Acreage being in path of many migrant birds whom travel to Arthur Marshal, this should be a VERY HIGH concern for all.

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