Tampa Electric hits halfway point in solar expansion

Its five new solar installations, which are part of a 600 megawatt expansion, account for 318 megawatts.
Tampa Electric Co. is halfway through its solar energy expansion. Pictured is a solar installation the utility installed in 2015. [James Borchuck | Times, 2015]
Tampa Electric Co. is halfway through its solar energy expansion. Pictured is a solar installation the utility installed in 2015. [James Borchuck | Times, 2015]
Published February 7

Tampa Electric Co. is halfway through its 600-megawatt solar project, the utility said Thursday. Three more solar plants — two in Hillsborough County and one in Polk County — came online in January, joining two that were completed in 2018. Together, the five account for 318 megawatts of power.

“We are excited to see these projects come online,” said Tampa Electric CEO Nancy Tower, in a release. “Solar plants like these are a major part of our commitment to a clean energy future for Tampa Bay, and we’re just getting started.”

Tampa Electric expects to bring two more Polk solar projects online "in the near future." When completed, solar will account for about 7 percent of the energy the utility generates. Tampa Electric announced its plan for solar expansion in 2017, citing a commitment to renewable energy. The project will cost about $850 million, which it will recoup from customers through incremental rate increases.

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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