Dominion, an energy company that also owns Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, an interstate natural gas pipeline firm located in Columbia, is establishing a new solar farm operation in Jasper County, South Carolina. The company is expected to invest at least $100 million in the project, creating one of the largest solar arrays in the state.
As a leading producer and transporter of energy, Dominion features a portfolio of approximately 26,400 megawatts of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission and storage pipeline and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. The company operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with one trillion cubic feet of storage and serves more than six million utility and retail energy customers.
The two new solar projects are expected to be operational by the end of 2017 and are expected to generate enough electricity to supply approximately 15,000 typical homes on an average annual basis.
“Dominion is excited to work with a number of partners in these projects, not only to bring additional non-carbon-emitting solar generation to the power grid, but also to add to our South Carolina energy infrastructure portfolio. We are proud of the work we are doing in South Carolina to help people, as well as help electric and gas distribution companies and industry access clean energy,” Dominion Chairman, President & CEO Thomas F. Farrell II said.
“Every time a company invests in our state, it shows a commitment to succeeding here, and that couldn’t be more important to our people. This investment represents the continuance of a lasting partnership between the State of South Carolina and Dominion,” Governor Henry McMaster said.
“We are appreciative that Dominion chose Jasper County for this clean energy project, which will bring approximately 200 temporary construction jobs to the county while diversifying our energy generation. Jasper County is proud to be a business-friendly county that is attracting cutting-edge alternatives as we grow our energy capacity and our residential and industrial communities,” Jasper County Council Chairman Martin Sauls said.