Thomas & Hutton provided Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) activities for the Colleton County solar farm. The subject property is located in a predominantly rural area of the County. The Phase I ESA was completed in accordance with ASTM Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process (E1527-05). The purpose of the Phase I ESA was to conduct an inspection of this property and relevant public records in order to gain an indication as to whether or not hazardous wastes, toxic substances, or other pollutants have been stored or disposed on the subject property. There were no recognized environmental conditions identified that may be anticipated to have a potential environmental impact on the subject property.
Thomas & Hutton provided the site plan and layout, including access roads, two kinds of array with fixed and single axis, the spacing and layout for proper maintenance access, inverter pad sizing and location, and the fencing location, based on proper separation to arrays and the parking lot. This was the largest solar installation in South Carolina’s history and was a joint venture between TIG Sun Energy and Santee Cooper (owned by the state). In its first year, the solar farm generated 5-percent more power than projected before construction. The facility provides enough energy to power more than 300 homes.
Colleton Solar Farm received a 2015 ACEC National Award of Recognition, as well as an ACEC SC Engineering Excellence Award in the Energy Category.