South Carolina Electric & Gas wins approvals for three solar offtake contracts

The South Carolina Public Service Commission on Nov. 18 approved Oct. 27 applications from South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) for approval of Renewable Power Purchase Agreements covering three solar projects being developed by related companies.

In each case, the commission also voted to keep these contracts confidential because they contain commercially sensitive information.

  • SCE&G and Hampton Solar I LLC entered into the Renewable PPA on Oct. 19. SCE&G requested that the commission accept the Renewable PPA for filing because the terms of it comply with the intent of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) and the provisions of prior commission orders. Hampton I intends to design, construct, and operate a solar photovoltaic facility at a site in Hampton, South Carolina (called the “Hampton I Facility”). A mostly-redacted copy of the Renewable PPA is attached to the Oct. 27 filing. It says this project will be a 6.1-MW (ac nameplate) facility with anticipated average annual net generation of 15,021.7 megawatt-hours. The deal was signed by David Bunge, Vice President of Hampton I.
  • SCE&G has also worked out an agreement with Southern Current One LLC. This company also has David Bunge as a Vice President. This company plans a 10.2-MW (ac nameplate) facility with an anticipated average annual net generation of 23,825.1 megawatt-hours, located in Brunson, South Carolina.
  • The third Renewable PPA is with Estill Solar II LLC. David Bunge is also a Vice President of that company. This company plans a 10.2 MW (ac nameplate) project with anticipated average annual net generation of 23,966.9 megawatt-hours, to be located in Estill, South Carolina.

All three of these towns – Estill, Hampton and Brunson – are located in Hampton County.

Incidentally, a David Bunge has been listed in numerous North Carolina Utilities Commission filings as an official of solar developer Cypress Creek Renewables.

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