Tampa Electric CEO: More solar ahead


    Tampa Electric is looking at launching a second wave of solar projects.

    “We’re aways from announcing, but rest assured that more solar in our fleet is where we are headed,” said Nancy Tower, president and CEO.

    Tampa Electric is spending $850 million to build 600 megawatts of solar power. It’s also spending  $850 million to modernize its Big Bend power generation plant in southern Hillsborough County, where it will build two new highly efficient gas-fired generators, replacing coal-fired ones currently in use.

    The company relied on coal for 80 percent of its generation power in 1999-2000.