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New $85 million solar project coming to Orangeburg County

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Brewer Renewables is investing $85 million in a new photovoltaic project in Orangeburg County.

The project, to be located in a combination of cultivated farmland and managed timberland, will include a 100-megawatt solar facility with the option for additional energy storage of up to 100 megawatts and 400 megawatt-hours. That’s enough energy to power roughly 20,000 homes, according to a news release.

“We appreciate the help and support of the Orangeburg County Council, county administration and the Orangeburg County Development Commission to make this 100-megawatt solar energy project a reality, and are excited to contribute to making Orangeburg County the solar capital of South Carolina,” Kevin Casey, Brewer Renewables president and CEO, said in the release. “We look forward to continuing to work with and support the county and the Development Commission to promote additional economic development in the area and to being a long-term member of the community.”

Founded in 2019, Brewer Renewables is a subsidiary of Seahorse Capital which develops renewable energy projects in the Southeastern U.S.

The Orangeburg project is expected to be operational in 2023.

“As Orangeburg County continues to be a leader in renewable energy, we are pleased to see the addition of this project that not only provides the benefit of clean energy for our residents and businesses but also provides economic opportunities for our communities,” said Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright.

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