The state’s largest solar power installation has been dedicated at Myrtle Beach. Public utility Santee Cooper and the South Carolina Energy Office officially launched the new Grand Strand Solar Station on Monday.
During the ceremony, officials showed off 1,325 solar panels, which are mounted on rooftops and in a field adjacent to Santee Cooper’s warehouse facilities in Myrtle Beach. The $1.3 million project significantly increases Santee Cooper’s solar generation and represents a 35 percent increase in South Carolina’s total solar capacity.
A portion of the project was paid with a $475,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Energy under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It was administered by the South Carolina Energy Office.