A solar farm is set to arise along 600-acres of farmland along Highway 178.
Despite the new amendment’s exclusion of 25 acres, Anderson Solar Farm LLC has committed to the planned $2.7 million investment in the project, and site owner Hartwell Solar is expected to begin construction this summer.
The Anderson operation of Hartwell Solar would greatly surpass Furman University’s six-acre, 743-kilowatt facility, which is the only Upstate location on the Charleston Solar Co.’s list of South Carolina’s largest farms.
Once completed, the farm will be able to power an estimated 900 houses.
According to Southern Current, landowners in South Carolina can receive $400 to $600 per acre per year by leasing their land to solar companies.
In a news release, Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns said, “The solar farms provide increased revenue to the county, involve the preservation of green space, and in some cases enable families to keep and use land that has long been in the family.”