The Big Bend TECO (Tampa Electric) Power Station is giving back to the community, the Gulf Coast Manatees and the Environment.

Plant Managers found hundreds of Manatees gather on cool winter nights near the warm water outlet behind the massive facility. Several years ago staffers successfully moved to protect the area from boaters and set aside land and extended docks and walkways for visitors to view these wonderful animals. More recently, investments have been made in  solar canopy charging systems to allow the visitor center to operate off-grid and solar electric Cruise Car Shuttles have been commissioned. Over 400,000 annual visitors now enjoy this free venue.

TECO Manatee Viewing Center Apollo Beach FL

TECO Manatee Viewing Center Apollo Beach FL

IMG_1379 IMG_1380 IMG_1382 IMG_1384 IMG_1385Cruise Car Solar Shuttles at TECO Manatee viewing Center IMG_1378