North Charlestown, S.C., December 2, 2011 — South Carolina Electric & Gas and Boeing marked the completion of a photovoltaic rooftop solar project.
The dedication event signaled the start of renewable energy being generated by the 2.6-MW D.C. rooftop photovoltaic system, which is made up of more than 18,000 thin-film PV solar laminates that cover 10 acres on the roof of the 14-acre Boeing South Carolina 787 final assembly building.
The 2.6 MW of electrical power generated for the site is enough to power about 250 homes. SCE&G began installation of the PV panels May 16, the same day Boeing teammates began moving into the building. Substantial completion was met October 28.
Under the arrangement with Boeing, SCE&G will own and maintain the solar generation system and will supplement the solar-generated energy with power from its system resources, coupled with green attributes from its North Charleston biomass generator, to meet all of Boeing's energy requirements.
The solar installation on the roof will provide clean, renewable power for the Boeing site, and all of that power will stay within the Boeing site.