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  March 9th, 2016 | Written by

South Carolina Ports Authority Brings Solar Power to Terminals

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  • Solar power is coming to the port of Charleston’s Wando Welch and Columbus Street terminals.
  • Two solar panel arrays will be installed on warehouse rooftops at two SCPA terminals by summer 2016.
  • SCPA board chair: Solar project deepens the port's efforts to be an environmental leader in our industry.

The South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to bring solar power to the Wando Welch and Columbus Street terminals, making SCPA the largest rooftop solar host in the state and further enhancing the port’s commitment to environmentally-responsible operations.

Two solar panel arrays generating 3.7 total megawatts of electricity will be installed on warehouse rooftops at the two SCPA terminals by summer 2016. The panels will provide a significant off-set to the port’s energy usage, returning power to the grid during peak hours of energy demand and resulting in a direct reduction to SCPA’s power costs.

“The solar project is an exciting step that deepens the Port’s ongoing efforts to be an environmental leader in our industry,” said Pat McKinney, SCPA board chair. “The board fully supports our staff’s recommendation of a rooftop lease agreement, which allows us to focus on our core business of running a port while still achieving both environmental and financial benefits.”

Under a 25-year rooftop lease agreement, the panels will be owned and maintained by SolBright Renewable Energy, LLC with no direct expense to SCPA. The panels are expected generate $1.5 million or more in profit for the SCPA over the life of the lease.

“The port has a responsibility to operate in a matter that is both mindful of the environment and good for business,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “The panels will be a highly visible reflection of our sustainability program, and we look forward to the overall positive environmental and economic benefits they will provide.”

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