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Southern Current Expands Facilities in Darlington County, South Carolina

Similar 2MW solar farm project in Pamplico, Florence county

From Area Development News Desk
7/17/2019

Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with new facilities in Darlington County, South Carolina. The company is investing in a total of six individual projects within Darlington County, bringing a collective capital investment of more than $141 million.

“Southern Current is excited to announce our next round of investments in Darlington County. We could not have done this without the help of the economic development team and the county’s leadership. South Carolina is quickly becoming a leader in renewable energy thanks to the commitment of counties like Darlington,” said Southern Current Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury.

“This latest announcement of new projects by Southern Current further proves the future is bright for solar projects throughout the state. Congratulations to Southern Current. We look forward to watching this company continue to grow and thrive in Darlington County,” said Governor Henry McMaster.

“This investment by Southern Current will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both environmental and economic impacts, we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Southern Current’s second substantial investment in solar power in Darlington County is proof-positive that Darlington County is welcoming to clean energy growth. This expansion will be a win-win for the county and for the company, and is good for the local economy,” said Darlington County Council Chairman Bobby Hudson.

“It is wonderful to see Southern Current announce their second major investment in Darlington County and their third in the NESA region in the past two years. Renewal energy continues to be a great investment in the region and Darlington County leads the way in recognizing the benefits these projects can have on their communities,” said NESA Executive Committee Chairman Yancey McGill.

Southern Current Residential and Commercial Solar Reach in Greenville

As many of you know, Southern Current has been servicing the entire state of South Carolina since the company started over 10 years ago. What you may not know is that our Greenville location opened about  2 years ago as we saw a growing need to expand our local residential and commercial service in the upstate. Justin Parrish is Southern Current’s Business Development Manager for this area: 

“I met my wife in Charleston and we moved to Greenville about 4 years ago. We love that it’s in the foothills and you can get to Asheville in an hour,” Justin says, “Greenville is a great area because it’s been a growing city for a while. It’s smaller but has tons of amenities for young people – breweries, restaurants, and farmers markets – it’s the best of both worlds for a more localized life.” 

Drone aerial of the downtown Greenville South Carolina SC skyline at sunrise.
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Because Greenville is the manufacturing hub of the southeast, a lot of businesses come through and the new infrastructure attracts a strong middle class. Southern Current believes in the value of servicing our customers in that area with the same quality and attention as anywhere else in the state. 

On a macro level, Southern Current is one of the founders of the solar industry in South Carolina and even the entire southeast. For over a decade, we have had the most influence on creating the solar market that current exists. We have an entire team dedicated to ensuring that this market has attractive legislation and incentives so customers can justify solar. We are driving economic development, wages and tax revenues in a way that nobody else is within the community on a level that nobody else can.

Particularly in the Greenville market, consumers tend to fall for the  “more for less” companies when it comes to solar, but there is no other company that compares to Southern Current.  We are part of the South Carolina Solar Council and South Carolina Solar Business Alliance. Our team is taking progressive strides in all areas of solar, not just installation. “If it weren’t for this kind of movement, the solar industry in our area would not be what it is today”.  Justin explains, “We have been the backbone of progressive solar legislation in SC, particularly for residential customers.”   

At Southern Current, we do not subcontract labor or any aspect of solar installation from start to finish. With now over 110 employees, our team has doubled in the last two years. Our diversity is what allows us to service our customers on a sustainable and expansive level. This all guarantees that we will be here long term because of the moves that we make in all areas from utility scale, commercial and residential. 

One of our commercial projects at the Greenville Target

Nobody is even a close second as to how we manuever as a company. “We are the highest quality installer that exists and always will be,” Justin says, “There is no one else in the same realm as to what we do and have done.”

Greenville solar customers can find the best of both worlds by supporting a local company that also has a big footprint on the industry at large with Southern Current. Our #SoCuSolarArmy trusts us because we offer quality control and believe in empowering our customers through education. 

The Southern Current Greenville office is located near Paris Mountain at 1808 Rutherford Road, on the industrial side surrounded by the railroads and port authority.

As with every county in South Carolina, Greenville solar clients can take advantage of the 25% tax credit and 30% federal tax incentive, but not forever! Make sure to contact us for a consultation if you’ve been considering solar. 

Southern Current Helps Launch Renewable Energy Chapter: Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy Coming to Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC — Southern Current, the Lowcountry’s leading solar energy company, is helping launch a Charleston chapter of Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).

WRISE promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve “a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy.” Through their core principles of building community, promoting education, and cultivating leadership, WRISE advances women’s professional interests in the renewables industry.

WRISE and Southern Current will host the coastal SC chapter’s next meeting on June 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at One80 Place, 35 Walnut Street. The meeting will feature a conversation with Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.

Steffanie Dohn, Director of Government Relations for Southern Current, notes: “As a dynamic, growing industry, renewable energy holds great promise for women working from the ground floor to the C-suite. Our goal is to create a network of talent and insights to help women achieve success in this field.”

Southern Current was a member of statewide coalitions that recently advocated for The Energy Freedom Act, which ensures competitive pricing and a way forward for renewable energy in residences, commercial properties and large-scale applications.

Founded in 2005 as Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), they rebranded in May 2017 to the WRISE title. WRISE’s dedicated staff and volunteers are “committed to building a diverse workforce for the success of renewable energy in the US and around the world.” WRISE’s local chapters get their communities involved in many ways such as “hosting a variety of educational and networking events including field trips and outreach to schools.” The organization has grown to include 30 chapters across the United States and Canada, with Charleston being the newest addition to their growing contingent of branches. The group’s headquarters are based in Brooklyn, New York, but their footprint spreads across North America.