Santee-Cooper awards contract to build state’s first solar farm

10/07/2013 4:19 PM

10/07/2013 4:20 PM

Santee Cooper has awarded a contract to Liberty Sun Energy to build and operate the state’s largest solar farm, a 3-megawatt project near Walterboro in Colleton County.

Construction is expected to begin on the 18- to 20-acre site Oct. 14, with project completion anticipated by the end of 2013. State-owned Santee Cooper will purchase the farm’s solar power in collaboration with Central Electric Power Cooperative and the state’s electric cooperatives.

The solar farm site is at 1751 Hiers Corner Road in Walterboro. That rural site, just west of the town of Walterboro off I-95, is about 20 miles south of the intersection of I-95 and I-26.

The selected developer will build the solar farm on property owned by Coastal Electric Cooperative, produce the energy and deliver it to Coastal Electric’s distribution system for sale to Santee Cooper.

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