Estill Solar Park has an installed capacity of 20 megawatts (MW) — enough to power approximately 3,000 average 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 consists of approximately 55,000 photovoltaic solar panels mounted on a single-axis tracking system. 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.