Cayce-based South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. flipped the switch on the largest single rooftop solar installation in the Southeast during a dedication ceremony last week at The Boeing Co.’s North Charleston plant.
Friday’s ceremony, held at Boeing’s new final assembly plant for the 787 Dreamliner, signaled the start of the rooftop photovoltaic system.
The 2.6 megawatt system is made up of more than 18,000 thin-film photovoltaic solar laminates that cover 10 acres on the roof of the 14-acre building.
“This project is a classic example of working with our customers to supply their energy needs, but with a new twist,” said Kevin Marsh, chairman and CEO of SCANA, parent of the power company. “SCE&G for the first time is supplying a facility with 100% green power.”
Electricity generated for the site is enough to power about 250 homes, SCE&G said.
The power company began installation of the solar system on May 16, the same day Boeing workers started moving into the building.
Under the arrangement with Boeing, SCE&G will own and maintain the solar generation system and will supplement the solar-generated energy with power from its system resources, coupled with green attributes from its North Charleston biomass generator, to meet all of Boeing’s energy requirements.
The North Charleston plant is the only location in the world capable of assembling commercial aircraft with 100% green power, said Jim Landreth, SCE&G vice president of fossil/hydro.