APOLLO BEACH, Fla — For the second year in a row, Tampa Electric turned on its webcam just in time for the grazing season at TECO’s solar fields in Apollo Beach.
Instead of pulling out lawn mowers, Tampa Electric’s rented several Katahdin sheep and placed them at TECO’s solar fields to help keep the grass short.
Tampa Electric found that grazing sheep is more affordable than mechanical lawnmowers and is better for the environment.
Animal lovers can get a glimpse of the grazing flock of sheep through Tampa Electric’s Lamb Cam, which is streamed through its Facebook page.
A team of experts screens the flock’s health several times a week. The sheep have enough food, water, shade and a place to rest. Tampa Electric also installed fencing to keep the sheep safe from predators.
Tampa Electric is currently expanding its solar field and expects to be finished by 2021.
Once the expansion is complete 7 percent of Tampa Electric’s energy will be generated from the sun – the highest percentage of solar generation of any utility in the state.
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