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New Solar Farms Bring the Power of Sunshine to SCE&G Community Solar Customers

CAYCE, S.C. (Oct. 16, 2018) – Nearly 1,000 SCE&G customers will benefit from approximately 734,000 megawatt hours of solar energy over the next 20 years with the recent interconnection of Springfield and Nimitz solar farms. Along with Curie Solar Farm, the three facilities comprise the largest community solar project in South Carolina.

SCE&G’s 16-megawatt community solar program will have an estimated environmental offset of planting 2 million trees or avoiding more than 1.5 billion car miles during the initial 20-year term.

“With the addition of community solar to SCE&G’s rapidly growing renewable energy portfolio, even more customers can choose solar to power their homes, schools, churches and municipalities,” said John Raftery, general manager of renewable products and services and energy demand management for SCE&G. “Community solar projects like Springfield and Nimitz are one of the most customer-friendly, economical ways for customers to take advantage of solar, whether they rent or own their home, especially when rooftop solar isn’t the right fit for them. These solar facilities demonstrate SCE&G’s strong commitment to clean solar energy in South Carolina.”

SCE&G Community Solar Farm Facts:   

  • SCE&G is the first investor-owned utility in South Carolina to implement a community solar program.
  • SCE&G selected Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to develop and administer its community solar program, which is the largest in the state.
  • Located in Orangeburg County, Springfield Solar Farm consists of nearly 65,000 panels, each providing 120 watts of power.
  • Located in Jasper County, Nimitz Solar Farm consists of more than 89,000 panels, each providing up to 120 watts of power.
  • Located in Hampton County, Curie Solar Farm is under construction and is expected to interconnect early next year with almost 21,000 panels, each providing 120 watts of power.

“This has been the most successful customer subscription program we’ve ever run,” said Tom Sweeney, president of renewables for CEC. “It proves that there is a growing need for these programs in South Carolina. In fact, both the commercial and residential portions of our community solar program are already filled to capacity. We’re working our way through a waitlist to continue to meet the customer demand for solar.”

For more information about SCE&G’s Community Solar Program, visit sceg.com/communitysolar.

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 727,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 373,000 customers throughout the state.

About Clean Energy Collective

Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is the nation’s leading developer of community solar solutions through medium-scale solar PV facilities accessible to all utility customers. Since establishing the country’s first community-owned solar array near El Jebel, Colorado in 2010, CEC has built or has under development more than 130 RooflessSolar™ projects with 33 utility partners across 16 states, serving thousands of customers, and representing more than 310 MW of community solar capacity. CEC is also the leading provider of community solar software and services to the utility, development and financial industries through its Community Solar Platform™. www.cleanenergyco.com