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Community-Sited Solar

Installing solar panels is just one example of how we're investing in renewable energy sources. Your participation in the Renewable Energy program helps support the construction of additional systems. Here is a list of solar panel systems that provide a portion of the electricity used to support the Renewable Energy program. Learn more about Tampa Electric's investments in large-scale solar projects in Apollo Beach and at Tampa International Airport.

Solar in the Community
Solar for Schools
  • The Florida Aquarium

    Florida Aquarium SolarIn Tampa's Channelside District, the Florida Aquarium's Explore-A-Shore pavilion hosts a 10,000-watt solar array that helps support Tampa Electric's Renewable Energy program. In addition to the solar installation, Tampa Electric and the Florida Aquarium installed an interactive display to teach children about the benefits of solar energy.

    LEGOLAND®

    Legoland SolarEarth Day 2014 marked the day representatives from LEGOLAND and Tampa Electric flipped the switch on a Tampa Electric-owned 30,000-watt solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed atop LEGOLAND'S Imagination Zone. A PV system this size is capable of generating enough electricity from the sun to power three average-sized homes and offset about 40 tons of carbon dioxide per year – equivalent to planting more than nine acres of trees. Watch LEGOLAND's large interactive globe made entirely of LEGOS.

    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

    Lowry Park SolarTampa Electric joined with Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and the University of South Florida's Power Center for Utility Explorations on a 15,000-watt solar panel system at the zoo. The solar panels are installed atop an elephant shade structure and an adjacent maintenance building. The project includes a Renewable Energy Learning Center that provides research opportunities for USF and Tampa Electric to study the technical, economic and environmental benefits of a renewable, grid-connected photovoltaic system for Smart Grid electric power production.

    Middleton High School

    Middleton SolarA magnet school for math, science, engineering and technology, Middleton High School hosts a 10,500-watt solar panel system as part of the school's curriculum. In case of a natural disaster or other emergency, the system also provides supplemental power for the Red Cross shelter located in this school. This 60-solar panel system has battery backup for overnight uses and is the largest contained within any Florida school.

    Museum of Science and Industry

    MOSI SolarExplore Tampa Electric's first solar panel system at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. This system is directly connected to the same electrical infrastructure that sends electricity to your home or business. Upgraded in 2013, this system is capable of producing 22,500 watts of electricity.

    Manatee Viewing Center

    MVC SolarTampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, Florida (near Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station) is home to the company's largest solar panel system, rated at 43,800-watts. A 40-panel system is installed atop the Manatee Viewing Center's education building and 16 pole-mounted arrays consisting of 10 panels each are located throughout the parking area.

    Walker Middle School

    Walker SolarThe Tampa Electric-installed solar panel system at Walker Middle School in Odessa, Florida provides students, educators and parents with a first-hand look at how the sun's energy can be turned into electricity. This 4,000-watt system is designed to help the school function as a hurricane shelter in the event standard electrical power is lost. This installation is the result of a partnership between the School District of Hillsborough County, Florida Department of Environmental Protection/Florida Energy Office (DEP/FEO) and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC).

  • Solar for Schools

    Centennial Solar

    Solar panel installation at Centennial Middle School.

    As part of a $1.5 million investment to encourage customers to install solar technologies, Tampa Electric joined with the Florida Solar Energy Center's SunSmart E-Shelter program to coordinate the installation of five solar PV systems at select schools throughout West Central Florida. To qualify for the 10 kilowatt or larger system, each school had to be designated as an emergency shelter.

    The donated systems provide electricity for emergency power, help reduce the school's electricity costs throughout the year and provide scientific data that can be analyzed by the students. Here are the five schools to that received a solar PV system:

    Centennial Middle School
    Installed Fall of 2011
    38505 Centennial Road
    Dade City, FL 33525

    Earl J. Lennard High School
    Installed Spring 2015
    2342 East Shell Point Road
    Ruskin, FL 33570

    Jewett School of the Arts
    2250 8th Street NE
    Winter Haven, FL 33881

    Lake Region High School
    Installed Fall 2013
    1995 Thunder Road
    Eagle Lake, FL 33839

    Lawton Chiles Elementary School
    Installed Fall of 2012
    16541 Tampa Palms Boulevard
    Tampa, FL 33647