Southern Current donates solar to Sapelo Island Library

The Gullah-Geechee community of Sapelo Island celebrated a new solar installation on their local library this Saturday. Over a year in the making, the project began when PSC Commissioner Vice Chairman Tim Echols challenged the Georgia Large Scale Solar Association to lead a plan that would add solar power to the library. Association Chairman Ryan Sanders and other officials jumped to work to make this solar pavilion a reality and partnered with our team at Southern Current DG. 

Southern Current donated the solar modules, electrical equipment, and labor of three installers who hand dug a trench and installed the system. To complete the project, our team worked alongside Yellawood, who donated the material for the pavilion, and EDF Renewables, who donated the construction costs. The solar system is 4.8 kW and will be used to offset the energy usage of the library for the next 30 years. 

This project is evidence of the area’s dedication to renewable energy and the island’s sustainability. 

“We are excited for what this project means for the local community,” says Jason Epstein, CEO of Southern Current, “It’s truly impressive to see the forethought that was put into the commitment to solar as a viable option for the future.” 

The Hog Hammock Public Library is considered the heart of Sapelo Island and serves its residents of around 40 residents and visitors. Hog Hammock is one of the last remaining Gullah-Geechee communities whose residents trace their island ancestry back to the plantation of the late 1700’s. Sapelo Island can only be accessed via ferry. The Southern Current installers got their Georgia fishing licenses before going out for the weekend to complete the work so they could get the true island experience. 

This Saturday, August 24, the project was unveiled with a ribbon cutting. State legislators, Rep. Al Williams, Rep. Jeff Jones and Rep. Carl Wayne Gilliard were scheduled to be present at the unveiling.