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Tampa Electric’s solar panels spin new rotating globe at LEGOLAND® Florida

TAMPA, June 20, 2014

Tampa Electric is powering the world with solar panels.

Well, a miniature world – made of LEGO® bricks.

Tampa Electric recently completed the installation of a 30-kilowatt solar array at LEGOLAND® Florida in Winter Haven. In addition, the company funded the development of a 6-foot LEGO globe at the Imagination Zone attraction inside the theme park, which will operate by solar power.

The globe is 6 feet in diameter and is comprised of 250,000 LEGO bricks. With the help of solar photovoltaic power, the globe slowly rotates – and its speed is affected by clouds or darkness. LEGOLAND® Florida’s Imagination Zone operates with renewable energy every day through Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program.

“Tampa Electric is proud to partner with LEGOLAND® to educate children and families about alternative energy,” said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric. “By making solar power interactive and educational, we are helping the community to better understand the role renewable sources play in our energy future.”

The LEGOLAND® array is Tampa Electric’s seventh community-sited solar system that has been funded through the company’s Renewable Energy program. Other sites include the Florida Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center and two Hillsborough County schools. Collectively, the solar systems are capable of generating 135,000 watts of electricity, or enough energy to power more than 15 average-sized homes.

Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program makes it easy for customers to purchase a portion of their electricity from renewable sources by signing up for $5 blocks of renewable energy. For each block purchased, Tampa Electric will distribute 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy. There is also an option to power a one-time event with renewable energy. In 2013 alone, Tampa Electric customers purchased more than 7 million kWh of renewable energy – enough to power more than 500 homes for one year.

Tampa Electric , one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, is part of the TECO Energy family of companies. Tampa Electric serves almost 700,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utility operations in Florida through Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System . Another TECO Energy subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

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