Dominion Energy’s 71.4-megawatt Solvay Solar Energy facility in Jasper County entered service at the end of 2017, bringing the Richmond, Virginia-based company’s total addition of clean energy to South Carolina’s electric grid to 81 megawatts.
The Solvay facility, which has a long-term power purchase agreement with SCE&G, is the largest project of its kind in the state. It came online Dec. 21, joining the 10-megawatt Ridgeland Solar project, which began operation in May.
Solvay, an international chemicals and advanced materials company with U.S. sites in Charleston, Greenville, Piedmont, Rock Hill and Spartanburg, is purchasing all of the associated renewable energy credits for 15 years.
“Dominion Energy is pleased to bring this additional clean, solar energy to South Carolina,” said Paul D. Koonce, president and CEO of the company’s Power Generation Group. “We are happy to provide South Carolina Electric & Gas additional renewable resources and help an excellent corporate citizen in Solvay reduce its carbon intensity.”
The Ridgeland Solar project has both a power purchase agreement and renewable energy credit agreement with SCE&G. The two projects created about 200 temporary construction jobs.
Dominion supplies electricity to parts of Virginia and North Carolina as well as natural gas to parts of West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and eastern North Carolina. It is also the primary developer of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas conduit with a planned 550-mile route through Virginia and North Carolina.
Dominion, one of three companies approached by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster as a potential buyer of state-owned utility Santee Cooper in the wake of the failed V.C. Summer nuclear reactor project, has recently donated $7,500 to United Way of the Midlands, $10,000 to USC’s College of Engineering and Computing and $50,000 to the USO of South Carolina.