COLUMBIA, S.C. – Southern Current is expanding its solar farm business with three new projects in Clarendon County to generate electricity. The company said it will invest approximately $10 million in the projects.
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
Two of the projects will be outside Summerton, and the third will be outside Manning. Together, the three facilities will generate six megawatts of solar energy, the company said.
"Southern Current is thrilled to make these clean energy investments in Clarendon County,” said Paul Fleury, chief development officer for Southern Current. “These projects are the culmination of strong partnerships with our landowners, county council, the economic development team and all our consultants. Without their support and teamwork, none of this would be possible."
State and local officials welcomed the news.
"This new $10 million investment in one of our rural counties is further proof of the business-friendly environment we've worked hard to build here in South Carolina,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We're excited for what the future will bring not only for Southern Current but for the entire renewable energy industry in our state."
Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt added: "South Carolina continues to attract capital investment from companies of all types, and today's announcement is proof of the diverse economy that's been cultivated within our borders. I congratulate Southern Current and look forward to their continued success."
Dwight Stewart, chairman of the Clarendon County Council, said, "We welcome this clean, sustainable and affordable green energy investment by Southern Current and wish them many years of success."