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COLUMBIA – SolAmerica Energy, a full-service provider of solar energy, is launching a new operation in Edgefield County. This new 10-megawatt (MW) project is expected to bring approximately $13 million of new capital investment.

SolAmerica Energy develops, finances, constructs and operates commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects. Based in Atlanta, the company has built solar projects for many of the leading companies in the Southeast and has developed projects for nationally-recognized investors and owner-operators.

Located on Davis Road in Ridge Spring, the company’s new 10-MW solar farm is situated on approximately 100 acres and is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2018. For more information on SolAmerica, visit the company’s website at


Han Solo 'Star Wars' spinoff has a title

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film finally has a title: "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Director Ron Howard announced the title Tuesday in a Twitter video celebrating production wrap on the anthology film starring Alden Ehrenreich as the grumpy space smuggler originated by Harrison Ford.

The film also stars Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newtown and focuses on Han and Chewbacca before they joined the rebellion.

The film has had some well-known production turmoil. Deep into the shoot directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller abruptly left the project and were replaced by Howard.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" is set for a May 25, 2018, release.


Airbus notches win over rival Boeing with Bombardier deal

PARIS (AP) — Airbus scored a point in its high-stakes rivalry with Boeing by striking a deal just across the U.S. border.

The European plane maker reached an unusual, no-cost deal with Canada's Bombardier that sent Airbus shares up Tuesday, boosts both companies' prospects in Asia and should save thousands of Bombardier jobs from Quebec to Northern Ireland.

It could also help Bombardier avoid heavy U.S. duties that had helped push the Canadian company near bankruptcy. The announcement late Monday gives Airbus a majority stake in Bombardier's C-Series passenger jets, and some C-Series planes will now be built at an Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Boeing called it a questionable deal by two state-subsidized competitors.

It is a rare bright spot for Airbus, which is currently facing growing legal troubles stemming from corruption investigations in Britain, France and Austria. Airbus shares rose 2.8 percent in Tuesday in Paris before falling back slightly to 79 euros.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders sought to assure investors that the Bombardier deal will save money for both companies by combining supply chains and production. He argued that it will improve the appeal for C-Series jets, which have struggled for customers.

"This puts us in an excellent position ... with no cost, with no risk," Enders said of the deal. He added it will allow Airbus to expand activities in China and "strengthen our global industrial footprint."

While Airbus rejected a deal with Bombardier three years ago, Enders said Airbus is feeling more confident now in the C-Series jets and its own ability to take on another production line.

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