Clemson University SCE&G Energy Innovation Center
In 2009 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy awarded a $45 million grant – the largest single grant by the US DOE for wind power – to Clemson University. The purpose of the grant was to design, build and operate a facility capable of full-scale, highly accelerated testing of next-generation wind turbine drive-train technology.
The SCE&G Energy Innovation Center houses the world’s most-advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines.
The solar industry has grown tremendously in since 2016, partly to state legislation offering tax credits to make it more appealing to homeowners and businesses. The workforce has nearly doubled to 2,800 people statewide.
“South Carolina is one of the better states in terms of percentage and sheer number of jobs that were created over the last 12 months, a prime example of what’s happening across the country. South Carolina is an up-and-coming state, and it is one of the strongest states in the region.” – President & Executive Director of The Solar Foundation Andrea Luecke (Source: The Post & Courier, 2/10/17)
Standout projects in Charleston County
Hubner Manufacturing flips the switch
One of Mount Pleasant’s biggest manufacturing operations has plugged in the town’s largest solar installation, sending enough power into the electric grid to light up 100 homes.
Here comes the sun
Boeing South Carolina was the company’s first 100% renewable energy site with up to 20% of energy being supplied by more than 18,000 thin-film solar panels installed on the roof of the 787 Final Assembly building. The solar panels generate up to 2.6 megawatts of energy to power the entire plant as well as the giant autoclaves used to produce the 787 fuselage.