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Renewable Energy : Tampa Electric's Solar Panels Spin New Rotating Globe at LEGOLAND Florida

06/21/2014 | 06:28am US/Eastern

TAMPA, Fla., June 20 -- Tampa Electric issued the following news release:

Tampa Electric is powering the world with solar panels.

Well, a miniature world - made of LEGO bricks.

Tampa Electric recently completed the installation of a 30-kilowatt solar array at LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven. In addition, the company funded the development of a 6-foot LEGO globe at the Imagination Zone attraction inside the theme park, which will operate by solar power.

The globe is 6 feet in diameter and is comprised of 250,000 LEGO bricks. With the help of solar photovoltaic power, the globe slowly rotates - and its speed is affected by clouds or darkness. LEGOLAND Florida's Imagination Zone operates with renewable energy every day through Tampa Electric'sRenewable Energy program.

"Tampa Electric is proud to partner with LEGOLAND to educate children and families about alternative energy," said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric. "By making solar power interactive and educational, we are helping the community to better understand the role renewable sources play in our energy future."

The LEGOLAND array is Tampa Electric's seventh community-sited solar system that has been funded through the company's Renewable Energy program. Other sites include the Florida Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa'sLowry Park Zoo, Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center and two Hillsborough County schools. Collectively, the solar systems are capable of generating 135,000 watts of electricity, or enough energy to power more than 15 average-sized homes.

Tampa Electric'sRenewable Energy program makes it easy for customers to purchase a portion of their electricity from renewable sources by signing up for $5 blocks of renewable energy. For each block purchased, Tampa Electric will distribute 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy. There is also an option to power a one-time event with renewable energy. In 2013 alone, Tampa Electric customers purchased more than 7 million kWh of renewable energy - enough to power more than 500 homes for one year.

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