The first plant, named Payne Creek, is being built in South Polk County on the 500-acre site on the western side of Old Highway 37 across from the Streamsong Resort, according to TECO spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs.
Payne Creek is part of a plan to build 10 solar facilities in West Central Florida by Jan. 1, 2021. The 10 plants would use 6 million solar panels generating 600 megawatts, which would power more than 100,000 homes, according to TECO.
The company is looking at a handful of other Polk County sites for solar facilities, Jacobs said. “These projects do take a lot of acreage,” she said. “That’s a challenge for someone developing solar – finding enough land.”