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New "Solar Trees" in Palm Beach County

FPL has partnered with the city of Boynton Beach to bring the first "Solar Trees" to the county. (WPEC)

Boynton Beach's Oceanfront Park has a few new changes.

Carol Lamer arrived to the park and noticed something different- on the lawn and next to the concession stand.

"When we pulled up, you know I did see them, and I was wondering what they were" said Lamey.

They are Solar Trees-installed at Boynton's public beach, as part of FPL's Solar Now Program.

FPL has partnered with the city of Boynton Beach to bring the first "Solar Trees" to the county.

FPL customers can voluntarily pay nine dollars a month to Solar Now for funding solar installations just like these.

More than 400 customers are participating in the new program.

"We're very fortunate that we have residents in our community with that type of interest in solar power," said Boynton Beach's Public Works Director Jeff Livergood, "even a little bit is better than none".

The Solar Trees are just the first step here at Oceanfront Park. The next step-- solar canopies.

Boynton says its shade sails and metal poles have fared poorly in the harsh ocean environment.

They’ll be replaced with solar canopies, covered benches and parking, topped with solar panels.

Power generated by the canopy will go back to the power grid.

“These poles and sails will be removed, to be replaced by the solar canopies, at FPL expense” said Livergood.

In fact, FPL will pay $4,000 a year to Boynton to lease the space for the canopy.

“Solar is great to advertise the community. Plus, we’re going to have some cost savings” said Livergood.

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