Tampa Electric is proposing to construct a 74.5-megawatt solar farm on a 503-acre site on reclaimed phosphate land near Streamsong Resort in southwest Polk County.
TECO officials have submitted preliminary plans to Polk planning officials for the complex that will be connected to the grid nears its nearby Polk Power Station.
This is part of a growing trend to shift away from fossil fuels and to diversify Florida’s electric power production.
This continues a trend underway over the past decade as major Florida utilities have developed solar farms throughout south and central Florida.
Earlier Polk projects have include some small solar farms whose owners have contracted to sell power to Lakeland Electric.