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Tampa Electric Brings Solar Energy to LEGOLAND
May 2016

​On April 21, Tampa Electric announced that it would construct its second solar installation in partnership with LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Announced in conjunction with other Earth Day festivities, the new 1.8-megawatt facility will join several other environmentally-conscious initiatives at the park.

The new solar project will take the form of a canopy over the resort’s preferred parking lot next to the main entrance. Thus, not only will the projects add enough electricity to the energy grid to power about 200 Florida homes, but they will provide welcome shade for more than 600 vehicles, helping  park visitors beat the Florida heat. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

This project joins a smaller project that Tampa Electric installed at LEGOLAND Florida’s Imagination Zone in 2014, which also feeds the grid. LEGOLAND purchases blocks from Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy Program to run its Imagination Zone on renewable energy. Tampa Electric also completed a similarly-sized solar array at Tampa International Airport in December 2015.

"LEGOLAND Florida Resort has been an outstanding partner in our ongoing efforts to expand solar energy for our customers,” said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric. "We're proud to make it the home of our first large-scale solar installation in Polk County.”

Tampa Electric will own and maintain the array, and the electricity it produces will be fed into the energy grid for the benefit of all customers, including LEGOLAND.

"We're honored that Tampa Electric approached us to host this large-scale project,” said Adrian Jones, general manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, "since the new installation ties directly to our sustainability efforts. The solar panels will also enhance the experience of our guests by providing shade for more than 600 vehicles.”