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SCE&G Issues Request for Proposals to Supply Solar Energy on its System

First Solar Farms to be located in Charleston and Cayce by Early 2015

Cayce, S.C. (August 21, 2014) – Today SCE&G took another step forward in advancing its renewable energy commitment by issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the first two solar farms to be constructed on its system. The RFP calls for bidders to provide solar power to the utility through purchased power agreements with the selected solar developer(s). SCE&G intends to work with solar developers to locate the solar farms on company-owned property in North Charleston and Cayce.

The North Charleston installation will be built on the 3-acre site of the former Leeds Avenue Gas Operations facility off I-526 and will have a generating capacity between 300 – 500 kilowatts. The Cayce project, located adjacent to SCANA’s corporate headquarters off I-77, will be larger in scope with a generating capacity between 3 – 4 megawatts on approximately 20 acres. Completion of both sites is expected in 2015.

“After much careful planning we are excited to move forward with the construction of our first solar farms,” said Kevin Marsh, chairman and CEO of SCANA, SCE&G’s parent company. “Solar is an integral component of our balanced generation portfolio as we strive to reach a diversified mix of 30% natural gas, 30% nuclear, 30% scrubbed coal and 10% hydro and other renewables over the next five years.”

In late 2013, SCE&G announced a new renewable energy team and committed to installing 20 megawatts of solar energy on its system by 2020. Initial plans were to build on a site near Lake Murray. That site is still on the table but may be developed at a later date.

Over the past several months, SCE&G has worked together with solar stakeholders from across the state, including conservation groups and other utilities, to develop comprehensive consensus legislation that establishes equitable net metering rules, introduces distributed energy programs and allows customers greater access to solar leasing. In June, the landmark Distributed Energy Resource Program Act was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley, opening the door for increased solar installations across the state. The new legislation includes a provision that would allow SCE&G to add both utility-scale and customer installed solar energy to its system in addition to the 20 megawatts announced last year.

“We are proud to have been part of the collaborative process that resulted in the new legislation, which will provide a strong foundation for integrating more renewable energy in South Carolina benefitting us all,” said Marcus Harris, general manager of renewable products and services for SCE&G. “These first two solar farms will demonstrate our commitment to advancing solar energy in the state.”

The RFP for the new solar farms outlines technical requirements for solar developers regarding the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the solar photovoltaic distributed generation systems. To access the full RFP, bidders must be registered at, the web-based platform that will be utilized by SCE&G to administer the RFP.

For bidders with an existing PowerAdvocate Supplier Account:

Please share your interest in reviewing the RFP documents via an e-mail to (must include full company name, contact name, and e-mail address). An invitation to the RFP event in Power Advocate will be forwarded following receipt of your e-mail.

For bidders who require a new PowerAdvocate Supplier Account:

Visit, click on the “Registration” link at the top of the screen, and follow the instructions to complete registration as a Supplier. Once the registration has been accepted by PowerAdvocate, follow the instructions above to request access to the RFP.

All proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. October 3, 2014. Contracts are expected to be finalized by the end of December 2014.

For more information about SCE&G’s renewable energy initiatives visit

About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 684,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 332,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.