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Cypress Creek Renewables plans 6 more S.C. solar energy projects

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Published Oct. 27, 2015

Cypress Creek Renewables continues to grow its S.C. presence, as the solar energy facilities company recently announced an additional $66.8 million investment in six new Hampton County projects.

The California-based company had already said in recent weeks that it would invest more than $25 million for facilities in Florence and Darlington counties, according to the S.C. Commerce Department. The company also announced in August that it would spend $20.4 million to establish two operations in Lexington County.

“We’re excited to see Cypress Creek continue to invest in our state and our people,” Gov. Nikki Haley said. “We have worked extremely hard to build a business environment in South Carolina that is open to all kinds of companies, and we look forward to seeing both Cypress Creek and the renewable energy industry grow here in the future.”

Plans call for the construction of a $10 million, 10-megawatt Brunson facility; 6- and 20-MW facilities in Hampton worth $26 million; and a trio of facilities totaling $30 million in investment in Estill. Those locations will be 12 MW, 8 MW and 10 MW.

All Hampton County projects are slated to be fully operational by the end of 2016.

The $15.5 million Florence site will produce 15 MW of energy at full capacity while the $10 million Darlington plant will produce 10 MW. Both Lexington County facilities will also be 10-MW plants.

“This investment by Cypress Creek Renewables will further strengthen South Carolina's growing reputation in the area of renewable energy,” Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said. “Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, I'm proud to welcome Cypress Creek to our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead.”

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