Company constructing $11 million utility-scale solar farm
Columbia, SC — ESA Renewables, an alternative energy provider, will be constructing a new, utility-scale solar farm in Aiken County. The development is expected to bring at least $11 million in capital investment.
ESA is a leading solar integration company with more than 500 solar photovoltaic, power-generating facilities located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, Chile and Italy. Ranging from large-scale solar farms to commercial rooftop setups, ESA offers project development, design, construction, operation and maintenance through the life cycle of each installation.
Occupying 88 acres off of Atomic Road in Beech Island, S.C., the new solar project will generate approximately 23,100 megawatt hours (MWh) annually, which is capable of powering almost 2,400 single-family residences per year. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018, and it should be operational by the third quarter of 2018.
For more information on ESA Renewables, visit www.esarenewables.com.
“We are pleased to have worked closely with Aiken County and various members of South Carolina’s renewable energy sector on the proposed utility-scale solar project. This collaboration presents a promising opportunity for South Carolina, and we are proud to be part of the joint efforts to move toward sustainable energy within the state.” -ESA Renewables Chief Operating Officer Lindsay Herold
“South Carolina’s renewable energy sector continues to grow, and we’re excited about today’s announcement of ESA Renewables’ new $11 million solar project in Aiken County. This is an incredible testament to our business-friendly reputation that ESA Renewables is bringing their latest facility to Aiken County.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“Team South Carolina works hard every day to cultivate a pro-business environment for companies and industries of all types, and this $11 million solar project is further evidence that our efforts are paying off. I congratulate ESA Renewables on their decision to launch this new project in Aiken County and wish them continued success.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“We are grateful that ESA Renewables has made the decision to locate in Aiken County, and we look forward to establishing a strong partnership with them. We have a long history with sustainable alternative energy, and this will complement those existing efforts.” -Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young
“We are excited that ESA Renewables is investing in Aiken County. Renewable energy provides both positive environmental and economic benefits to communities. Today’s announcement is the fourth in February for both EDP and Aiken County, and demonstrates the favorable business conditions that Aiken County Council works tirelessly to maintain.” -Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury
Five Fast Facts
- ESA Renewables is constructing a new Aiken County solar project.
- At least $11 million of new capital investment.
- ESA Renewables is an alternative energy provider focused on delivering commercial and industrial solar projects to customers worldwide.
- Construction on the project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018, and it should be operational by the third quarter of 2018.
- For more information on the company, visit http://www.esarenewables.com.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.