North Charleston, S.C. (Jan. 21, 2016) – SCE&G and TIG Sun Energy unveiled the first utility-scale solar facility under South Carolina’s Distributed Energy Resource Program Act in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
Located on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston, the 500-killowatt facility was developed by South Carolina-based TIG Sun Energy III, a member of The InterTech Group. The facility was named Jerry Zucker Solar Park after the late founder and CEO of The InterTech Group. It is located on land formerly used by SCE&G for office space.
Using more than 2,000 solar panels, the facility will generate approximately 946 megawatt hours of clean energy a year – enough energy to power 80 homes.
“This is a significant moment in our move toward more renewable energy generation,” said Danny Kassis, vice president of customer relations and renewables for SCE&G. “By adding utility-scale solar capacity to our system, we take another step toward building a clean energy future for South Carolina.”
SCE&G plans to add 42 megawatts of utility-scale solar generation to its system, with an additional 42 MW of customer-scale solar generation, for a total of 84 MW by 2020. SCE&G expects 30 MW of that to come online by the end of 2016.
“Our role in developing solar energy in South Carolina has been very satisfying,” said Grant Reeves, senior vice president of The InterTech Group, Inc. “We take great pride in advancing Jerry’s vision of sustainable energy technology that makes the world better.”
SCE&G plans to announce additional power purchase agreements for utility-scale solar power in the near future. “We’re creating a balanced energy portfolio that can serve the needs of customers who want the benefits of alternative forms of generation,” said Kassis.
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South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 697,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 343,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.