Virginia-based Dominion Energy has announced completion of its 71.4 MW Solvay Solar Energy-Jasper County, S.C., facility, which the company claims is the largest solar project in the Palmetto State to date.
Located near Ridgeland, S.C., the project went online on Dec. 21, 2017, and it has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G). Solvay, an international chemicals and advanced materials company with operations in South Carolina, is buying all of the associated renewable energy credits (RECs) for 15 years.
“Dominion Energy is pleased to bring this additional clean, solar energy to South Carolina,” says Paul D. Koonce, president and CEO of the Dominion’s Power Generation Group. “We are happy to provide South Carolina Electric & Gas additional renewable resources and help an excellent corporate citizen in Solvay reduce its carbon intensity.”
Dominion also notes that its 10 MW Ridgeland Solar project, which began commercial operations on May 28, 2017, has both a PPA and REC agreement with SCE&G. The two projects created about 200 temporary construction jobs, according to the company.
Dominion says it 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, the company adds.