Tampa Electric Plans to $800 Million Investment in New Solar Power Generation

LCG, February 24, 2020--Tampa Electric recently announced plans to expand its use of solar power to meet customer needs in Florida. The company plans to invest approximately $800 million to add 600 MW of solar electric generating capacity by the end of 2023, when the total solar capacity would exceed 1,250 MW. Solar power will then account for about 14 percent of the utility's energy.

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AWEA Issues Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Report

LCG, February 7, 2020--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released its new U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Report. AWEA reports new wind turbine installations have added 5,476 MW of electric generating capacity during the fourth quarter, which results in 2019 installations totaling 9,143 MW. The total installations represent an increase over 2018, but the total for 2019 falls short of total annual installations for 2015 and 2016. In addition to new capacity additions, developers completed 2,500 MW of turbine repowerings for the year.

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Tucson Electric Power Proposed New Solar Program

LCG, September 25, 2009--Tucson Electric Power (TEP) yesterday announced a new solar program that would allow its customers to purchase 150 kWh "blocks" of solar energy generated by a local photovoltaic (PV) arrays. TEP anticipates selling solar blocks in mid-2010, given timely approval of the proposed Bright Tucson Community Solar Program by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).

According to TEP, by adding as little as $3 per month to their electric bills, customers could purchase solar energy to offset their carbon footprint and use of fossil-fueled power. Approximately six blocks of solar energy would meet the annual electric use of a typical residence, which would add $18 per month to a customer's bill. Customers would not be required to make a long-term commitment and could add or subtract blocks at any time.

TEP also states that the Bright Tucson Community Solar Program will allow customers to lock in a fixed energy rate for up to 10 years. Furthermore, for those solar blocks, participants would not pay charges linked to fossil-fueled energy sources, including TEP's base energy charge and the Purchased Power and Fuel Adjustment Charge (PPFAC).

A TEP spokesperson stated, "We're looking to locate these systems in areas of our local distribution grid where we'll realize the most benefit from additional generating resources."

TEP's first solar PV system to power the program is a 1.6-MW facility scheduled for construction in 2010 as part of the Bright Tucson project, a demonstration project designed to make solar energy more effective through the use of energy storage systems and a demand response program. TEP has requested $25 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the project.

The Bright Tucson Community Solar Program would be funded in part by an ACC-approved surcharge intended to support the Arizona?s Renewable Energy Standard (RES), which requires utilities to increase their use of renewable energy, with a renewable energy target of 15 percent by 2025.
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