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COLUMBIA – OPDE Group announced last April its plans to construct a state-of-the-art solar farm in Bamberg County.

The company will invest approximately $63 million in the new 55-megawatt solar farm.

Bamberg County Council provided OPDE incentives to include a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement and special source revenue credits. The project was coded Mary Guess prior to the unveiling of the company's name.

“OPDE Group is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring new investment in clean, affordable, low-risk power to rural South Carolina. We look forward to continuing our work with South Carolina Electric & Gas, Bamberg County, the SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance, the S.C. Department of Commerce and local stakeholders to make this project a success,” OPDE Group USA Managing Director Logan Stephens said.

The OPDE Group solar farm will be the first to locate in Bamberg County.

Solar farms typically do not result in the creation of any new jobs, but do require on average between 200 and 300 workers during the construction phase.

“Bamberg County welcomes OPDE Group, and we are pleased that our county now has this clean energy resource. Bamberg County Council supports innovation in energy production and manufacturing," Bamberg County Council Chairman Clint Carter said.

“OPDE Group will be a great addition to Bamberg County. The opportunity to improve and increase our economic footprint in Bamberg County is always a great thing. Bamberg County offers prime sites for solar energy development, and we are excited to add this source of renewable energy to our growing industrial community," Bamberg County Economic Development Commission Chairman Craig Walker said.

“SouthernCarolina Alliance and Bamberg County welcome this investment by OPDE Group. New technology in renewable energy will continue to change the landscape in our region and bring clean energy options to our area," SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips said.

“South Carolina is an ideal business destination for industries of all types, and today’s announcement by OPDE is a testament to that. We’re excited to add them to our portfolio of solar companies providing abundant, clean energy to power our state and our economy," Gov. Henry McMaster said.

“We’ve worked hard to diversify South Carolina’s economy, and that includes supporting the renewable and sustainable energy industry. I’m excited to welcome an innovative company like OPDE Group to Team South Carolina,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said.

Headquartered in Spain, OPDE Group develops and promotes photovoltaic solar power plants around the world.

Since the company was established in 2005, OPDE has expanded continuously in a number of renewable markets. At present, the company has a portfolio of more than one gigawatt of renewable energy projects worldwide.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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