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Web site shows performance of new solar panel installed at Walker Middle School

ODESSA, May 17, 2004

Students, educators, parents and anyone interested in how solar energy works now have an online resource to chart a new local project’s up-to-the-minute solar energy output. On the Florida Solar Energy Center’s Web site, by selecting the Click here for a list of schools link and scrolling down to Walker Middle School, users can chart the energy output of the new Tampa Electric Company-installed, 4-kilowatt solar panel array at Charlie Walker Middle School in Odessa.

The solar panel array -- designed to educate about the benefits of solar power as well as help the school function as a hurricane shelter in the event standard electrical power is lost -- went online this month. It 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).

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE), a diversified holding company of energy-related businesses that include Peoples Gas System, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Wholesale Generation and TECO Solutions.

For more information, contact Ross Bannister at (813) 228-4945.

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