TECO Solar Farm – Apollo Beach – So Incredible
South Shore: If you’ve driven north on Highway 41 recently you’ve likely noticed work on the west side of 41, just South of Big Bend. Guess what? It’s a pretty cool project. Tampa Electric is installing 200,000 solar panels (hence the name solar farm), on 106 acres between Big Bend Road and Dickman Road, which will produce enough energy to power nearly 3000 houses. That’s so incredible. 3000 houses!
Say what you will, but TECO is doing all they can to bolster their commitment to renewable energy. Meaning, it doesn’t contribute to global warming or pollution; it helps us become less reliant on coal and oil. Definitely a fantastic step in the right direction.
This solar installation is Tampa Bay’s largest. Ha, everybody wants to be in Apollo Beach.
According to Cherie Jacobs, Tampa Electric’s Media Spokesperson, “What you see in this photo [below] are the panels in the “horizontal” position during installation. The panels will tilt to track the sun from east to west – isn’t that cool? That increases their effectiveness.”
No. It’s Not A Field of Daisies
Folks, I suspect some will say that the solar installation is not attractive. Well, it’s not a field of glistening yellow sunflowers like you might run across in the south of France, but…. I think it’s awesome. I would much rather see tilting solar panels than a massive box store with a gas station and abandoned shopping carts.
The TECO solar farm (my name, not theirs) represents something positive for our future. Heck, we all like electricity (I especially love it in August). Now, Apollo Beach and South Shore get to be part of moving us into the right direction towards renewable energy.
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