Largest solar photovoltaic installation: Tampa, Florida
Tampa Housing Authority committed to innovation and education
As a public entity, the Tampa Housing Authority realized the importance of tapping into all available resources to support their facilities. Now they are embarking on a project to build one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the area.
Johnson Controls is providing overall project construction for the installation of the high-efficiency solar PV system. Generating 330 kW, it will help provide clean, renewable energy to supplement the JL Young elderly and disabled affordable housing development’s requirements. This will save the housing authority an estimated $43,000 per year in electricity costs.
Solar project details
- The $2.6 million project is funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
- All 450 housing units will undergo roof repairs with long-term warranties.
- The solar PV system is estimated to generate 431,638 kWh of electricity annually.
- The expected greenhouse gas reduction is 683,426 lbs of carbon dioxide, equivalent to planting of 66 acres of trees per year.
The residents will benefit from this project as well. Hands-on learning opportunities through renewable energy educational programs teach residents about the environmental and economic benefits of solar technology through ongoing training courses and interactive displays.
The project supports the housing authority’s commitment to creating a more sustainable future, while stimulating the local economy.