Middleton High School Solar Panel Dedication
A partnership between education and renewable energy.
TAMPA, April 25, 2007
Tampa Electric, Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Florida Solar Energy Center’s SunSmart Schools Program today announced the completion of the Middleton High School Solar Panel Array, the largest in Florida’s education system.
A magnet school for math, science, engineering and technology, Middleton High School now hosts a 10,500-watt solar panel array as part of the school’s curriculum. The array is the focus of new curriculum teaching our students the concepts of solar energy and the value of renewable energy. Sixty solar panels comprise the array, which has a battery backup system for overnight uses. In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, the array also provides supplemental power for the Red Cross shelter located in this school.
Thirteen K through 12 schools, colleges and universities applied and were selected for the SunSmart Schools Program in 2006. The Middleton photovoltaic project, which took three months to construct, was the largest and only 10 kW array selected in 2006 and was the first 10 kW array project approved by the SunSmart Schools Program.
Funds for the $170,000 project were provided by the Tampa Electric Renewable Energy Program, along with the Florida SunSmart Schools Program, administered by the Florida Solar Energy Center. The SunSmart Program is funded through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Florida Energy Office.
Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with regulated utility businesses, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. In addition to Tampa Electric, other subsidiaries are engaged in natural gas distribution, coal mining, waterborne transportation, and electricity generation and distribution in Guatemala.