Tampa Electric Company is asking state regulators to approve a nearly $26.5 million base-rate increase to pay for the first phase of a plan to build solar-energy projects, according to a petition filed Thursday at the Florida Public Service Commission.
The money would pay for a 70.3-megawatt solar project in Polk County and a 74.4-megawatt project in Hillsborough County that are expected to start generating electricity by Sept. 1.
The Public Service Commission last month approved a broader base-rate agreement for Tampa Electric that included allowing the utility to seek increases for a series of solar projects. In all, the utility plans to add about 600 megawatts of solar-energy capacity, which it said would be enough to provide power to about 100 homes. Tampa Electric has about 750,000 customers in Hillsborough, Polk, Pinellas and Pasco counties.
Reposted with permission from The News Service of Florida