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Posted on: September 23, 2022

Public Information meeting focuses on proposed solar farm

Rows of solar panels on a sunny day

The Georgetown County Planning Department has scheduled a community meeting in Lambertown next month to help address concerns about a proposal to develop a solar farm in the area.

The meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 10, from 5-7 p.m. at Saints Delight Pentecostal Church, 8285 Saints Delight Road, Andrews. It will have an open house format, with information stations on different topics that participants can visit. Members of the Georgetown County Planning Department, as well as the developer, Silicon Ranch Corp., will be on hand to talk with residents and answer questions. Silicon Ranch Corp. is also the property owner. Anyone with concerns about the proposed project or who would like more information about the project is encouraged to attend.

    The proposed project was up for second reading by County Council on Sept. 13 when residents came forward during public comment session to express to council members concerns they had about the project and ask for further details. As a result, second reading was delayed until a community information meeting could be scheduled. The project had already received a nod from the County Planning Commission following a public hearing in which several people spoke against the project and one person from the S.C. Coastal Conservation League spoke in favor of it. 

As presented to Council and the Planning Commission, the request from Silicon Ranch seeks to rezone just over 2,000 acres off Saints Delight Road from “Forest Agriculture” to “Solar Energy Facility Floating District.” The property is currently vacant and used for timber harvesting, and currently has only a few stands of forested pines remaining. It is near Walker and Wild Horse roads.

Silicon Ranch wants to construct two 100-megawatt solar farm systems and a substation to supply solar power to the Santee Cooper grid. The proposal meets the county’s requirements for a Solar Energy Floating District. The plan also includes details of required buffers and a decommissioning plan.

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