New solar farm to generate money for Edgefield County Schools

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Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Image Courtesy: Mission Solar Energy

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Edgefield County school district is getting in on the solar energy bandwagon with a new 515kW solar farm on the edge of the Parker Elementary School campus.

The panels aren't to power the school, but to benefit people living nearby on SCE&G power.

According to the company behind the solar panels; Mission Solar Energy of San Antonio, Texas; the solar farm is the "first large-scale solar installation in the county." The solar farm cost the school district nothing to build and is generating around $165,000 each year in revenue due to the sale of its power to SCE&G.

"Designed, installed, and commissioned by Southern View Energy, the project features 1,610 of Mission Solar Energy's high-powered solar panels which are spread over three acres of land at the school's campus. The Edgefield County solar array is capable of generating 736kW of annual electricity, enough to power an average of 190 homes each year."

SCE&G will be purchasing all of the generated electricity through a 10-year agreement with the school district. The project is also expected to educate the students and the public about solar power through the use of its web-based, real-time monitoring system.

“Seeing the interest in solar technology and the commitment Parker Elementary has demonstrated in educating its students on renewable energy is commendable. We couldn’t be happier to see our solar modules featured in this project. Our team finds great value in educating America’s next generation of solar leaders,” said Sam Martens, Mission Solar Energy’s commercial operations director.

The entire project is owned by the school district, and reportedly "stands out from other projects that are marketed as community solar farms." As a result of the direct ownership, the school system says all of the county's citizens receive the economic benefits and a cleaner environment.