• Tampa Electric says in January 2019 it put into operations 3 solar power plants, namely Lithia, Grange Hall and Bonnie Mine Solar
  • In September 2018, its Balm Solar and Payne Creek Solar projects achieved completion, taking its overall grid connected capacity to 318 MW
  • This 318 MW represents more than half of its planned expansion of solar to 600 MW by 2021

An investor owned utility in Florida and a subsidiary of Canada’s Emera Inc., Tampa Electric put 3 of its solar power plants into operations in January 2019, with 1.7 million solar panels. These 3 projects – Lithia, Grange Hall and Bonnie Mine Solar, along with Balm Solar and Payne Creek Solar – were grid-connected in September 2018. Thus, Tampa Electric has achieved more than half of its planned solar expansion.

The company has committed to install 6 million solar panels to produce 600 MW of solar power by 2021. The projects switched on since September 2018 till January 2019 represent 318 MW of cumulative capacity, though the management hasn’t revealed individual plant size.

Two more projects are scheduled to come online in the near future – Peace Creek and Lake Hancock, both in Polk County, in January 2020 and 2021. On completion in 2021, Tampa Electric that services about 750,000 customers in West Central Florida, says it will have 7% of its energy generated from the sun, making it the utility with the highest percentage of solar generation in the state.

Fellow Florida utility Duke Energy aims to acquire or construct 700 MW of solar generation between now and 2022 (see Duke Energy Plans 150 MW PV Capacity In Florida). Another Florida electricity company Florida Power & Light (FPL) plans to add nearly 2.1 GW of new solar power capacity to its energy mix between 2017 and 2023 (see 600 MW PV Capacity Coming Up In Florida).