Tampa Electric has signed a contract that will see it purchase all of the solar power-generated output supplied by Energy 5.0’s Florida Solar I facility, a proposed 25MW plant, for a 25-year period commencing in 2011. The agreement is subject to approval by the Florida Public Service Commission.
Energy 5.0, which placed a successful bid in Tampa Electric’s 2007 Renewable Generation Request for Proposals, has been awarded the contract for the construction of the 25MW facility on a proposed 200 to 400 acre site in Polk County. On completion, the facility will be one of the largest solar PV facilities in the country.
“As our company’s flagship solar power project, this undertaking will be a showcase for zero-emission renewable power in the Southeast,” said Bud Cherry, Energy 5.0 Chairman. “Assuming approval by the Florida Public Service Commission this spring, deliveries from the Florida Solar I Project could begin in the first half of 2011.”