Celebrate the red, white, blue…and green!
TAMPA, July 3, 2012
As we celebrate the red, white and blue on Independence Day, it ’s a great time to think about going green. Tampa Electric offers several options through its Renewable Energy program .
For just $5 a month, customers can make a positive environmental impact and join their 2,349 neighbors who are purchasing nearly 3,500 blocks of renewable energy each month. For each block purchased, Tampa Electric will produce and distribute 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy.
A power-your-event option provides a one-time purchase opportunity to power an event at a convention center, hotel, stadium or other location with renewable energy. Residential customers can also receive up to $1,000 when a new solar water heater system is installed. To receive a rebate, customers must submit an online solar water heater reservation form . Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and apply only to newly installed systems.
Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program uses energy from several resources -- primarily solar and biomass -- to support customer demand for its renewable program. Since 2000, when the Renewable Energy program began, through December 2011, participants have used more than 48 million kWh of electricity generated from renewable sources. This is equivalent to producing enough electricity to power almost 3,500 homes for one year, offsetting more than 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide and removing more than 5,100 cars from the road for one year.
Tampa Electric is one of the few electric utilities in Florida that uses renewable generation produced within the state. The company’s renewable generation portfolio is a mix of technologies and renewable fuel sources, including six company-owned photovoltaic (PV) arrays , totaling over 80,000 watts of solar energy in our community. The PV arrays are installed at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Walker Middle School, Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center, Middleton High School, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, and the Florida Aquarium. The Middleton array supports the school’s curriculum and provides supplemental power for the school when it serves as an emergency shelter.
In addition, the company committed to a $1.5 million investment each year over the next five years to help its customers install renewable technologies. The PV system at Centennial Middle School was the first system to be installed under this new program. The company has also made rebates available to assist customers with the installation of PV systems at their homes or businesses.
Visit www.tampaelectric.com/renewableenergy/ to learn more.Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Tampa Electric serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.