This is the second solar farm announcement for the county in a month and the fourth for the area in less than a year. File photo
Renewable-energy company Tradewind Energy plans to invest approximately $85 million to build a new solar facility in Orangeburg County.
The 75-megawatt facility will be located along Bowman Branch Highway near Bowman. Construction is expected to begin next year.
“We are thrilled to partner with Orangeburg County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce on this exciting endeavor," Tradewind Energy Development Manager Justin McGeeney said. "It’s gratifying to see the support in the region, and we are excited to bring low-cost solar energy to market and create opportunities for economic development in the county through the development of the Palmetto Plains Solar Project."
Tradewind Energy was founded in 2003 and develops inexpensive wind and solar energy options for multiple markets.
“South Carolina is a place where companies of every kind can succeed and grow," Gov. Henry McMaster said "The fact that Tradewind Energy has decided to invest $85 million and call our great state home is an important signal to the world that South Carolina is open for business."
Mike Brenan, the chairman of the Central South Carolina Alliance, said this is the second solar farm announcement for the county in a month and the fourth for the area in less than a year.
"We are excited another reputable solar firm has chosen our region to invest capital,” he said.
For more information about the company, visit www.tradewindenergy.com.