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Obama's Florida schedule to include FPL solar plant

As rumored, President Obama Tuesday will travel to Arcadia, Florida for a tour of Florida Power & Light's DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center. He'll give a speech, but the visit isn't open to the public.

According to FPL, at 25 megawatts, the solar energy center will be the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the country.

FPL spokesman Mark Bubriski called the visit "great news for Florida. Not only do we have the largest solar array in the nation, but we have the President coming to commission it," he said. "The three solar projects we're building in Florida have created more than 5,000 jobs, and we couldn’t have done it without strong public policy support. Florida's energy future depends on building more renewable energy, and we're thrilled to be leading that effort."

It's a two day trip for the president, starting out at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. Though he's expected to soon announce a decision on troop staffing in Afghanistan, White House spokesman Bill Burton played down speculation that it could happen Monday when Obama talks to military service men and women.

"As the president has said, he will make his decision on Afghanistan at the right time," Burton said. "I wouldn't over-read anything into the remarks that he's delivering on Monday, other than he wants to thank the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces for the hard and courageous work that they do." 

He'll be in Miami Monday night for a fundraiser and spend the night here before heading over to the other coast.