Virginia-based Dominion Energy announced the largest solar facility in South Carolina was brought online December 21, 2017.
"Dominion Energy is pleased to bring this additional clean, solar energy to South Carolina," said Paul D. Koonce, president and chief executive officer of the company's Power Generation Group.
The 71.4-MW Solvay Solar Energy facility is located in Jasper County, South Carolina, and occupies nearly 900 acres. It has a long-term power purchase agreement with SCE&G. Solvay is purchasing all of the associated renewable energy credits (RECs) for 15 years.
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, chief executive officer of Solvay, said, "This agreement will help us reduce our CO2 intensity, one of Solvay's main sustainability goals. It enables the development of additional renewable energy capacity in a region where we have a significant presence and allows us to better serve customer expectations through sustainability."
Dominion Energy brought online 466 MW of solar generating capacity in 2017 in California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The company invested more than $900 million in those projects, which can serve nearly 120,000 homes and businesses in the four states.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, said, "Every time a company invests in our state, it shows a commitment to succeeding here, and that couldn't be more important to our people. This investment represents the continuance of a lasting partnership between the State of South Carolina and Dominion."