Moncks Corner, SC will soon be able to benefit from renewable energy thanks to Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc. The distributor of electricity is looking to build a new community solar farm, which would make it the company’s first. Berkeley made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the new farm would be located on Strawberry Substation. It will be right off of Cypress Gardens Road, on a plot of unused land.
Berkeley expects the ground-mounted array to generate 120-kilowatts of energy. The new community solar farm will feature solar installations with two additional stations for Tesla vehicles to charge. When the project is completed, Berkeley will open it up for subscribers to lease the electricity generated by the array. As is typical with community solar programs, those that participate in a lease will see credits on their monthly utility bills equal to the energy generated by their lease.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc. doesn’t have an official completion date for the new community solar farm. However, it did state that it should be finished later in 2020. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the electric company is optimistic that it will be able to stick to its timeline and deliver a community solar option to the people of Moncks Corner before 2021.
The farm isn’t the first step Berkeley has taken to work with renewable energy. According to its official website, it utilizes solar power to run its operations and partakes in landfill gas generation. The company also offers assistance for homeowners looking to install their own solar options. Before turning to community solar, Berkeley began a Renewable Surplus Generation program, which allowed homeowners and businesses to received credits for surplus energy generated by a members-only solar PV system.
Along with the announcement for its first community solar project, Berkeley confirmed that it already has its sights on a second location. The next project may be constructed at a covered parking lot and would generate 80-kilowatts.