CAYCE, S.C. (April 25, 2016) – SCE&G this year will add the renewable energy from six new solar electric generating facilities to its supply. The solar facilities will be built at locations throughout the company’s electric service territory.
Construction will start in the coming months on the following new solar facilities:
- A 5.44 megawatt (MW) facility in Barnwell to be developed and operated by Barnwell Solar, LLC along with financing partner Cypress Creek Renewables
- A 4.08 MW facility in Calhoun County to be developed and operated by Cameron Solar II, LLC along with financing partner Cypress Creek Renewables
- An 8.16 MW facility in Allendale to be developed and operated by Haley Solar, LLC along with financing partner Cypress Creek Renewables
- An 8.16 MW facility in Pelion to be developed and operated by Odyssey Solar, LLC along with financing partner Cypress Creek Renewables
- A 6.8 MW facility in Saluda to be developed and operated by Saluda Solar I, LLC along with financing partner Cypress Creek Renewables
- A 3.4 MW facility in Saluda to be developed and operated by Saluda Solar II, LLC along with financing partner Cypress Creek Renewables
Developed under South Carolina’s Distributed Energy Resource Program Act (Act 236), the new facilities will add approximately 36 MW of utility-scale solar generation to SCE&G’s system by the end of 2016.
“This announcement on the awarding of our utility-scale solar projects as part of SCE&G’s Distributed Energy Resource (DER) programs is a significant step for South Carolina in terms of new solar capacity,” said Danny Kassis, vice president of customer relations and renewables for SCE&G. “There has been a great deal of work to prepare for bringing these resources onto our system, and SCE&G is excited to be working with quality companies that are committed to developing projects in our territory. We look forward to seeing these projects get underway in the next few months.”
The new solar facilities will produce approximately 82,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough energy to serve about 7,500 homes for a year.
“We are excited and proud to bring more carbon-free energy to South Carolina,” said Paul Fleury, chief development officer for Southern Current, which handled the local development activities for the projects, including site identification and acquisition, obtaining necessary permits and coordinating with SCE&G on interconnection requirements. “This wouldn’t be possible without partners like Cypress Creek Renewables, SCE&G and all of the members of our team who have supported us throughout the development process.”
Each of the new solar facilities will have tens of thousands of solar panels. At each facility, the solar panels will be equipped with single axis trackers, which allow the panels to follow the movement of the sun, maximizing light collection.
“We are proud to invest in local solar in South Carolina and create clean energy for the people who live here,” said Matt McGovern, chief executive officer for Cypress Creek Renewables. “SCE&G has been a tremendous partner in working with our team to develop win-win solutions to deliver clean power to their customers. Partnerships like these provide excellent opportunities to produce clean, inexpensive power in local communities.”
To learn more about SCE&G’s solar offerings for residential and business customers, visit www.sceg.com/solar
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 698,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 347,000 customers in 38 counties in the state. For more information, visit www.sceg.com.
About Southern Current About Cypress Creek Renewables
With hundreds of residential and commercial solar projects installed in seven states and more than 500 MW of utility-scale solar projects in different stages, Southern Current is one of the most accomplished and largest developers in the southeast. For more information, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.
Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States, with a business model primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2 to 10 MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. The company’s goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives. For more information, visit www.ccrenew.com