Cameron Solar Park is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Columbia in central South Carolina. Located entirely within Calhoun County, the solar park complements the area’s agricultural resources with a stable, drought-resistant cash crop in the form of landowner lease payments.
Cameron Solar Park has an installed capacity of 20 megawatts (MW). Cameron's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 3,100 South Carolina homes.
Cameron Solar Park yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Cameron represents a capital investment of approximately $36.7 million and will disperse millions in cumulative payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project created 71 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as two permanent jobs. Through 2017, $3.6 million has been spent within 50 miles of the solar park.
Cameron Solar Park saves more than 35 million gallons of water each year and displaces carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, a major contributor to climate change. Solar energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
Cameron Solar Park provides a stable form of income to local landowners. Millions of dollars will be paid to the solar park’s landowners through the life of the project.
Cameron Solar Park consists of approximately 55,000 photovoltaic solar panels mounted on a single-axis tracking system for a combined output of 20 MW. Photovoltaic solar cells have no moving parts and convert sunlight directly into electricity via the photoelectric effect. This direct-current electricity is then collected, transformed into alternating-current, and finally enters the electrical grid through a substation after being converted to the proper voltage.
Cameron Solar Park will provide energy security and help diversify supply.