New Projects, Solar

Burns & McDonnell, Tampa Electric Complete 23-MW Solar Plant

By Editors of Power Engineering

Burns & McDonnell announced it has completed the Big Bend Solar project, which will beowned and operated by Tampa Electric.

The 23-MW facility, built adjacent to the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, is now the single-largest source of solar power in the Tampa area. Big Bend features over 202,000 solar panels with motors that can track the movement of the sun.

“The Big Bend Solar Plant is significant in proving utility-scale PV is cost competitive with traditional generation for regulated utilities,” said Matt Brinkman, Burns & McDonnell principal and national director of solar projects for the firm. “Solar costs have decreased dramatically.”