Solar energy projects investing $22+ million in Spartanburg Co.


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – We’ve learned $22.7 million is being invested in new solar projects in Spartanburg County.

Renewable Properties announced 7 new solar facilities in 5 locations.

County Councilman David Britt heads the Economic Development Committee.

He says Duke Energy will use the power these solar projects generate.

Britt says this kind of project helps the county’s environmental image.

“A lot of the companies that we’ve recruited here. Keurig Green Mountain – that was one of the things they were most interested in: What kind of community are you? Are you interested in the environment and protecting it, not only for the folks that live here now but for the grandchildren and the generations to come,” Britt said. “It makes the statement about our quality of place. We are very interested in renewable energies in being a green county.”

He also said the county currently gets as little as $21 per year in taxes from the plots of land that will hold the solar farms.

Now he says each property will bring in at least $8,000 in tax revenue.

“That means a lot for School Districts One, Two, Three, Four, and Six,” said Britt. “We just found out about the Mary Black Facility – losing tax dollars there. District Three was part of that. The fire district and other taxing entities will get a part of this.”

“Renewable Properties is tremendously excited to make these clean energy investments in Spartanburg County,” said Renewable Properties President Aaron Halimi in a statement. “Spartanburg County has chosen to take a leadership position in facilitating the adoption of renewable energy. These projects will deliver clean, reliable energy to the grid, serving the local utility and its customers. Climate change is a global problem that requires local solutions, and we can’t thank the county enough for being part of the solution.”

Governor Henry McMaster and Secretary of Commerce Bobby Bitt are also praising the announcement.

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