The Florida Public Service Commission approved rate increases for Tampa Electric Company customers to cover costs for the utility’s solar plans.
The TECO cost recovery includes two solar projects that will create 150 megawatts of electricity.
“TECO’s expanded use of solar power continues to improve its fuel diversity and sustainability, which is good for the economy, as well as the environment,” PSC Chairman Art Graham said.
“Today’s approval of TECO’s third solar project phase brings the utility’s total to 550 megawatts of solar generation, which lowers fuel costs.”
The two projects sought $26.5 million in rate-payer increases that will add $1 to the monthly bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours. TECO expects its $193 million in estimated fuel savings from the two projects to help offset rate increases.
Both projects are in Hillsborough County in Wimauma and Little Manatee River. Both will generate about 75 megawatts of electricity. TECO expects the projects to be up and running before January.
A settlement agreement with the PSC blocked rate increases until Jan. 1, 2022, but the company is allowed to recover costs through rate increases for solar generation.
TECO serves more than 750,000 customers in Hillsborough, Polk, Pinellas, and Pasco counties.