Okatie, South Carolina – (April 6, 2018) Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) cut a ceremonial ribbon April 4 to mark the construction of solar arrays at two facilities. The arrays, part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), are housed at the Port Royal Island and St. Helena Island water reclamation facilities.
The project involved many years of research, as Director of Technical Maintenance and
SCADA Al Legare explored opportunities for a BJWSA solar venture.
“It is very rewarding to see these projects come to fruition after many years of investigating solar opportunities,” he said. “These projects demonstrate our commitment to the environment and our customers to run the Authority as efficiently as possible.”
General Manager Ed Saxon added, “This cost effective project is a great example of BJWSA’s commitment to sustainability and will provide direct benefits to our rate payers for many decades.”
The program is already producing electricity and will pay for itself in less than 10 years. Dashboards for each site are already live, showing real-time production. See metrics for the Port Royal facility here and for the St. Helena facility here.
Guests at the event signed two solar panels that will hang in BJWSA facilities to commemorate the event. The Authority will donate a third panel to St. Helena Elementary School, as part of its public education outreach program.
Learn more at www.bjwsa.org.