Thomas & Hutton's Colleton Solar Farm project in Walterboro, S.C. earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the 2015 ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) Engineering Excellence Awards.
The project is among 170 engineering projects recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements and eligible for one of the top 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards. Judging for the Engineering Excellence Awards was conducted by a panel of more than 30 engineers, architects, government officials, media members, and academics. Awards criteria include uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, complexity, and success in meeting goals.
The first solar facility in South Carolina, Colleton Solar Farm consists of more than 10,000 solar modules equipped with both fixed-tile and single-axis photovoltaic panels, the 14-acre farm produces three megawatts of electricity—enough to power approximately 300 single-family homes. After 12 months of operation, the total energy generated at the farm equaled more than 392,000 gallons of gas, and saved more than 3,400 tons of carbon dioxide.