Renewable Energy Resources

Lockhart Power owns and operates four run-of-river hydroelectric projects licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): the Lockhart Hydro Project and the Lockhart Minimum Flow Unit on the Broad River; and, the Lower Pacolet Hydro Project and the Upper Pacolet Hydro Project on the Pacolet River. Lockhart Power built the Lockhart Hydro Plant in 1920 and has owned and operated it ever since. In 2007, Lockhart Power bought and upgraded the Lower Pacolet Hydro Project. In 2013, Lockhart Power built the Minimum Flow Unit and bought and upgraded the Upper Pacolet Hydro Projectwhich is located on the site of a previously demolished textile mill.

Lockhart Power also manages and operates a fifth FERC-licensed hydroelectric project, Buzzard Roost, on behalf of the County of Greenwood. Buzzards Roost is located at the outfall of Lake Greenwood.

In addition to these hydroelectric projects, Lockhart Power owns and operates the Wellford Renewable Energy (WREN) Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project located in Wellford, S.C. Lockhart Power constructed the WREN facility in 2011, utilizing the methane output of the Wellford Landfill to produce power. Lockhart Power also operates and maintains the gas collection and treatment systems for the landfill owner, Spartanburg County, as well as a six-mile pipeline feeding additional gas to an industrial plant.

Completion of a 50-acre solar farm is expected by 3rd quarter of 2020 in Midway Green Industrial Park.

Several of Lockhart Power’s renewable energy generation projects are registered with the North Carolina Public Utilities Commission to be able to sell Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) through the North Carolina Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

Additional cost-effective renewable energy opportunities are being actively pursued.

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