Jasper County Solar Farm
Many thanks go to Jasper County Council for their work over the past year, creating and improving a solar farm overlay ordinance. The overlay allows a landowner – with the right site conditions – to develop a solar farm. Through the application process, Planning Commission, Council and the public will review site plans and consider impacts including wetlands disturbance, habitat loss or change, property size, proximity to residences, proximity to transmission lines and decommissioning plans. This thorough and thoughtful review will allow for solar energy to grow in Jasper County without negative impact to habitat, people or wildlife.
October 2016, Jasper County Council applied this ordinance and approved the largest solar facility in the South Coast. This 150MW, 1500 acre solar farm provides clean, renewable energy to the power grid. With this specific plan, the design and location of the panels, the interconnectivity to the electric grid, the decommissioning plan and the wetlands protection plan were all items we reviewed closely. We believe the site selection has been done thoughtfully and with due considerations of the existing natural resources.
February 2016 Jasper Sun: “Solar Farm headed to Jasper County.”
May 2016 Bluffton Today: “Jasper County looks at solar farm standards.”
September 2016 Jasper Sun: “Gillisonville Solar Farm moves forward.”
As the cost of electricity in our state has continued to increase, solar prices have dropped significantly, making this renewable energy option competitive with more traditional power generation such as nuclear and natural gas.
It is paramount to remember that with solar, there are no concerns related to air emissions, water pollution, or waste byproduct.
Across South Carolina, we are well on our way toward a clean energy future that makes environmental and economic sense. Clean air, clean water and affordable power are all things we need to continue the growth and success of Jasper County and the state. Solar power has an important role to play in the transition to a clean energy future.
Read more about solar farms and land use here.