Jasper County lands $100 million solar investments

Dominion today announced plans to build, own and operate two solar generating facilities in 2017 in Jasper County that will generate 81.4 megawatts of power.  The projects’ investment of $100 million is expected to bring 200 construction jobs, according to news releases.

“Dominion is excited to work with a number of partners, including Solvay and South Carolina Electric and Gas, not only to bring additional non-carbon-emitting solar generation to the power grid but also to add to our South Carolina energy infrastructure portfolio,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. “We are proud of the work we are doing in South Carolina to help people, electric and gas distribution companies and industry access clean energy.”

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said, “Every time a company invests in our state, it shows a commitment to succeeding here, and that couldn’t be more important to our people. This investment represents the continuance of a lasting partnership between the state of South Carolina and Dominion.” Read more

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10/13 UPDATE: New grant opportunities and more

New grant funding opportunities and resources for the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone


logo_updateIn this update, you will find new information and recent news on a variety of topics, including:

NEWS:   The Promise Zone has held two town hall meetings so far this month; another is set for Monday in Jasper County.  Allendale, Barnwell and Hampton counties will have meetings in November.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:  Learn about more than a dozen funding opportunities to help rural communities become stronger – from pilot projects and health center grant offerings to community food projects and training for farmers.

COMING EVENTS: There are a host of coming webinars with good information.

RESOURCES:  This section provides links to studies and stories on rural health, education and more. Read more

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Carolina Metal Castings expands with $3 million investment

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From left: Jasper County Council Chairman Marty Sauls, who also serves as vice chairman of SouthernCarolina Alliance and chairman of the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce; Carolina Metal Castings President Jim Harwood; and Jasper County Council Vice Chairman Tom Johnson

HARDEEVILLE, SC – Carolina Metal Castings, a full-service provider of after-market metal castings, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Jasper County. The project will result in 13 new jobs and an investment of more than $3 million over the next five years.

In operation for more than 40 years, Carolina Metal Castings is a full-service jobbing foundry that specializes in custom and limited production work. Producing its own tooling in-house, the company also completes its own moldings, castings and heat treatments in-house. Read more

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Jasper County part of new Promise Zone

Excerpted from the Jasper County Sun Times:

APRIL 28, 2015 |  A six-county area encompassing the SouthernCarolina Alliance region has been designated a federal “Promise Zone” by President Barack Obama’s administration.

The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that SCA is one of eight additional Promise Zones across the country, including six cities, one rural area, and one tribal community.

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