Construction could start as early as Monday on the state’s largest solar energy farm. Santee Cooper this week awarded a contract to Liberty Sun Energy to build and operate the 3-megawatt project in Colleton County. The farm is targeted for completion before year’s end.
Liberty Sun Energy, part of InterTech Group, is based in North Charleston. A global company, InterTech formed Liberty Sun Energy to focus on solar energy projects in South Carolina. Santee Cooper will buy the farm’s solar power, working with Central Electric Power Cooperative and the state’s electric cooperatives. Cooperatives view the farm as an opportunity to learn how to more fully and cost effectively integrate solar power into the generation mix that serves their members.
“This project is a real-world, full-scale learning tool,” said Central Electric Power CEO Ron Calcaterra. “The question co-ops want to answer is how we can design a consumer-friendly product that makes solar power available to our members in a reliable, affordable and economically sustainable way.”