Southern Current invests $30M in Anderson County solar developments

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Charleston-based Southern Current is expanding its solar farm portfolio with the construction of five new facilities throughout Anderson County.

The company is investing $30 million in the facilities, according to a news release issued last month by the S.C. Department of Commerce.

Bret Sowers, principal and vice president at Southern Current, said the facilities would produce a combined 14 megawatts of power and allow Southern Current to enter into a power purchase agreement with Duke Energy.

He said Southern Current expects to begin construction on the solar projects later this year and bring them online no later than the middle of 2019.

“Southern Current is excited to continue making investments into South Carolina’s clean energy future, and there’s no better place than Anderson County,” Paul Fleury, Southern Current chief development officer, said in the release. “We are thankful and appreciative of the support from the economic development team and county council for our projects, and we’re excited to start construction in the near future.”

Founded in 2011, Southern Current is a developer and owner of residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar energy projects across the Southeast. The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation, according to the release.

Sowers said the upcoming solar facilities in Anderson are part of Southern Current’s broader expansion plan in South Carolina. In May, the company announced a $20 million investment in a 17-megawatt facility in Aiken County.

“We’re very pleased to announce this capital investment in Anderson County,” Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn said in the release. “The county will see increased tax revenue for our citizens. We look forward to future solar project investments in Anderson County.”

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Southern Current’s new investment in Anderson is an example that the Palmetto State’s effort to create “a business-friendly environment for all types of companies” is working.

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