Estill Solar Park is located approximately 90 miles west of Charleston in southeastern South Carolina. Located entirely within Hampton County, the solar park will complement the area’s timber and agricultural resources with a stable, drought-resistant cash crop in the form of landowner lease payments.
Estill Solar Park has an installed capacity of 20 megawatts (MW). Estill's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 3,000 South Carolina homes.
Estill Solar Park yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Estill represents a capital investment of approximately $36 million and has disbursed more than $180,000 in cumulative payments to local governments through 2019. The project created 65 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as two permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $3.3 million has been spent within 50 miles of the solar park.
Estill 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.
Estill Solar Park provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $330,000 has been paid to the solar park’s landowners through 2019.
Estill Solar Park will contribute to the United States' energy security and help diversify our nation's energy supply.
Estill 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.