A new industry will invest $200 million in two separate solar farm projects in Clarendon County in the next few years, making it the largest solar energy project to date in central South Carolina.
South Carolina Department of Commerce made the announcement today that Adger Solar, a clean-energy development company, is projected to make the multi-million dollar investment and create at least five jobs in the process in the county.
Together, these projects will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 25,000 homes on an annual average basis, including customers of the two major local utility providers, according to a news release.
The first of these two 72-megawatts solar farms is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.
Adger Solar is a clean-energy development company focused on creating lower-cost, utility-scale solar-electric generating facilities, with developments underway in six different counties, according to the release.
The corporation is a joint venture with one of the nation's oldest private energy investors, which has participated in the financing and development of more than 10,000 megawatts of wind and solar projects now in operation around the nation, the release states.
Bill Moore, principal of Adger Solar, said the corporation has been developing these projects for about two years.
"We're very excited to have the strong support of Clarendon County as we move into the next phase of development," Moore said. "These low-profile solar PV (photovoltaic) projects will complement the county's strong agricultural base and will become important contributors of jobs, tax revenue and clean power to the local community."
Gov. Nikki Haley said the corporation's investment in Clarendon is "a real reason to celebrate."
"It shows that South Carolina is a place where companies in every industry can thrive," Haley said. "This $200 million investment shows that Adger Solar is serious about its commitment to our state and our people, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come."
Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said the investment will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy, providing both environmental and economic impacts.
"I’m proud to welcome Adger Solar to Clarendon County and look forward to growing this terrific partnership," Hitt said.
"Today’s announcement cements our place in the solar energy world and builds toward the county's goal of green energy and sustainability," said Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart. "We welcome Adger Solar with open arms and look forward to many years of success."
Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan said today's announcement by Adger Solar is the largest solar energy project to date in central South Carolina.
"We are honored they selected Clarendon County and the Central South Carolina region," Brenan said. "Clean, affordable and reliable energy will support our growing population for many, many years to come."