Southern Current is launching a solar farm in Bamberg County, officials announced Dec. 20.

The company is investing $8.4 million in the project.

The solar farm will provide 6 megawatts of power. While the project will not provide permanent jobs, it will provide temporary construction jobs as well as jobs for the future maintenance of the solar farm.

The solar project will be developed just off Heritage Highway near Denmark.

Regional and local leaders said the solar project is important to the area.

“Bamberg County and SouthernCarolina Alliance welcome the investment by Southern Current, and we work together as a team to create a pro-business environment for companies to invest in our area,” Bamberg County Council Chairman Clint Carter said.

“We support cutting-edge technology and alternative energy projects like solar, as well as the traditional manufacturing and agribusiness projects which are the backbone of our community,” he said.

Bamberg County is providing the solar farm with incentives, such as special source revenue credits and a fee-in-lieu of taxes.

The company will also be placed in a multi-county industrial park with Dorchester County. The multi-county industrial park is a mechanism designed to provide industries with additional incentives. There is no physical park.

SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Marty Sauls said, “We welcome solar energy projects that will benefit our residential and industrial communities, and we look forward to working with Southern Current in the years to come."

Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States.

The company announced plans in August to invest $28 million in the development of a 180-acre, 20-megawatt solar farm near the Food Lion Distribution facility in Elloree.

Southern Current also announced a $10 million, 8-megawatt solar facility near Springfield in March 2017.

In addition, Southern Current LLC has announced two solar farms in Calhoun County. One is Lone Star Solar LLC and the other is WSW Solar LLC.

Lone Star is a 66-megawatt project that will sell energy to SCE&G. WSW is a 30-megawatt project. Permitting for the projects has not been completed.

In the past three years, eight solar farms have announced in Orangeburg County, six in Calhoun County and now two in Bamberg County.

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

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