Darlington County solar project gets more than $3M in federal aid

DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Darlington County solar farm will get more than $3 million in aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help seed the project.

Chapman Solar LLC is getting $3.2 million in loans and grants to buy and install a 2.71-megawatt solar array, officials said in a news release. The venture is part of a $340 million investment by Charleston-based Southern Current, which in 2018 said it was bringing 17 solar farms to Darlington County.

Chapman Solar’s array will produce enough electricity to power 456 homes a year.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the South Carolina project as part of a larger $207 million commitment to support renewable energy and domestic fertilizer projects.

“Over time, investments like this will help lower the cost of energy which is climate smart and ultimately help rural America to thrive,” agency spokeswoman Stephanie Bittiker said in a news release.

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Adam Benson joined the News13 digital team in January 2024. He is a veteran South Carolina reporter with previous stops at the Greenwood Index-Journal, Post & Courier and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach. Adam is a Boston native and University of Utah graduate. Follow Adam on X, formerly Twitter, at @AdamNewshound12. See more of his work here.

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