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ESA Renewables to invest $11M in Aiken County solar farm

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ESA Renewables has announced plans to $11 million in the construction of a utility-scale solar farm in Aiken County.

The solar farm, built on 88 acres off Atomic Road in Beech Island, will generate approximately 23,100 megawatt hours (MWh) annually or enough to power 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.

“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,” Lindsay Herold, COO of ESA Renewables, said in a statement. “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.”

Florida-based ESA has more than 500 solar photovoltaic, power-generating facilities located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, Chile and Italy. The facilities range 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. 

“Renewable energy provides both positive environmental and economic benefits to communities,” said Gary Stooksbury, chairman of the Economic Development Partnership. “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.” 

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