Alternative Energy & Fuels

SC: Southern Current to Invest $10M for an Orangeburg County Solar Facility

7 Mar, 2017

Southern Current LLC, a company that specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, announced that it will be launching a new solar energy project in Orangeburg County. The development is expected to bring more than $10 million of new capital investment.

Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., Southern Current strives to make solar power economically attractive to utilities and consumers. Focused on residential, commercial and utility-scale solar energy projects, Southern Current is working with regulators, landowners, utilities and business development groups throughout the United States to build more than one gigawatt of new solar projects by the end of 2017.

Located between Springfield Road and Burgdorf Lane in Orangeburg, S.C., this Orangeburg County project will be an eight-megawatt (MW) direct current facility and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017.

For more information on Southern Current, visit


"It's very exciting to be part of projects like these that are helping to reshape South Carolina's energy future. This would not be possible without the support of the local community and all of our development partners." -Southern Current Founder and Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury

"South Carolina has proven to be a place where companies in any industry can succeed, and that shows when a company like Southern Current decides to invest here. We're excited for what the future will bring, not only for Southern Current, but for the entire solar industry in our state." -Gov. Henry McMaster

"This investment by Southern Current will further strengthen South Carolina's growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Providing both positive economic and environmental impacts, I'm proud to see this company continue to expand in our state and look forward to growing this terrific partnership in the years ahead." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"It is a great day in Orangeburg County. We are excited about Southern Current's decision to locate here. We are grateful and supportive of their investment and commitment to our community, its people and the environment." -Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

"As Orangeburg County continues to build and grow, solar projects will be an even more important part of our efforts to provide affordable, sustainable energy for our residents. We are excited to have Southern Current come to Orangeburg County. The nation and the world now have their eyes on Orangeburg County and want to be part of our future. The best is yet to come!" -Orangeburg County Development Chairman Ken Middleton

"Southern Current LLC's expansion within the state, and into the Central S.C. region, are a testament to the value of what is available for businesses in terms of growth potential and support. We are excited to welcome another company and see progress in an industry focused on providing clean, affordable and reliable energy." -Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan


  • Southern Current LLC is establishing a new solar energy project in Orangeburg County.
  • At least $10 million in new capital investment.
  • Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., Southern Current specializes in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects.
  • The facility will be located between Springfield Road and Burgdorf Lane in Orangeburg, S.C.

For more information on Southern Current, visit

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. For more information, visit

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted more than $12 billion in capital investment and over 65,500 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland.) To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit its website at and be sure to follow CSCA on Twitter @Central_SC and like CSCA on Facebook.




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