Solar farm coming to Edgefield

CHRIS THELEN/File A new solar farm is coming to the Edgefield area next fall.

An Atlanta-based solar energy company intends to build a 10-megawatt solar farm in Edgefield County and have it running by fall of 2018.

 

SolAmerica Energy will put the farm on about 100 acres on Davis Road in Ridge Spring, expecting it to bring about $13 million in capital investment, according to the office of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

“SolAmerica is excited to launch our latest South Carolina project in Edgefield County, which will be our largest project in the state to date,” said SolAmerica President George Mori. “South Carolina is emerging as a leading solar market, and SolAmerica is proud to be part of the solar industry’s growth in the state. We appreciate the efforts of Edgefield County and SCE&G toward the project, and look forward to successfully bringing the Edgefield project online in the coming months.”

“We’re working on diversifying Edgefield County’s economy and we see great opportunities in renewable energy solutions,” said Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell. “We want to thank SolAmerica for their decision to locate here. They have deployed numerous projects like this elsewhere in the Southeast, and we appreciate them choosing Edgefield County for their next sustainable energy project.”

SolAmerica develops, finances, constructs and operates commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects. It oversaw a similar project in neighboring Aiken County. That 7-acre solar farm, with 4,242 solar panels, opened officially in August.

In September, SolAmerica also announced the completion of seven similar projects in Georgia – in Baldwin, Brooks, Evans, Macon, Randolph and Troup counties.

 

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