Solar farm holds groundbreaking in Pelion
Pelion, SC (Angelica Iglesias) – Elected officials and partners of the Diamond Solar Farm gathered together Friday, July 27 on-site off Water Tank Road in Pelion to celebrate the groundbreaking of the project.
Diamond Solar is an 11 MWdc solar generated plant and is one of four solar farms being built across Lexington and Barnwell counties this year. The project is developed by Southern Current and owned by C2 Energy Capital. DEPCOM Power is covering the engineering, procurement and construction side, and Celtic Bank is funding most of the farm.
The celebration kicked off at 10:00 am while visitors mingled and light breakfast refreshments were served. Vice President of Development and Strategy of Southern Current Bret Sowers started off by expressing his excitement for the project and thanking everyone for joining their groundbreaking; he then led the rest of the presentation. Governor Henry McMaster, State Senator Katrina Shealy and State House Representative Kit Spires all spoke on their gratitude for these businesses to invest in South Carolina. Richard Dovere, co-founder of C2 Energy Capital and owner of Diamond Solar, then gave remarks on how important it is for a project like this to have the support of the elected representatives. Senior Vice President of Renewables of Celtic Bank Justin Fuller spoke briefly of their funding efforts. Lastly, Jim Lamon, CEO of DEPCOM Power, explained how important it is for his company to give back; he then presented Harvest Home Food Bank with a $20,000 check and an Action Trackchair from the Independence Fund to a veteran who lost his leg in 2014. The actual groundbreaking ceremony took place afterwards at about 11:00 am, and a tour of the farm was given to the guests.
DEPCOM is an American-first company. Lamon was a veteran and is determined to hire as many other veterans as possible in all of his projects. In fact, out of the 75 jobs created by Diamond Solar, 25 percent of them have been veterans. Ten percent of all DEPCOM profits are given away to different non-profits like Harvest Hope, the Independence Fund and Sistercare. According to Harvest Hope, $1 serves five meals which means DEPCOM donated 100,000 meals to the Midlands.
Southern Current is the leading developer of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar panel design and installation and other solar energy solutions for saving money in the Southeastern United States. C2 Energy Capital operates more than 50 solar generated projects across six states. According to their website, DEPCOM Power is a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance services provider for utility-scale solar projects. Celtic Bank is a smaller bank out of Utah that funds many projects like Diamond Solar, but this is their first in South Carolina.