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Southeast Renewable Energy Announces New Facility in Kershaw County

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COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Kershaw County and the Central SC Alliance today announced that Southeast Renewable Energy will build its new renewable energy facility in Kershaw County. The US$50 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs over the next five years.

Company President and CEO Raine Cotton said that Southeast Renewable Energy is “working diligently to get the last few steps of the project worked out; including permitting, that will allow the project to begin construction in early 2011.”

Southeast Renewable Energy will build a 15-megawatt biomass energy plant in Kershaw County that will be fueled using timber residues. The company will sell the green power to Santee Cooper, and the plant is expected to be completed in late 2012. It is expected that the new plant will also create many indirect jobs in the logging, trucking and forest product industries.

“South Carolina continues to see an increasing number of opportunities in both the energy and forestry sectors of our economy, and Southeastern Renewable Energy’s investments utilize our state’s unique skills and resources in these sectors. By fostering a business-friendly climate and focusing on building a skilled workforce, South Carolina is well positioned to attract new investments from companies like Southeastern Renewable Energy and this in turn means job opportunities for workers in our state. We appreciate Southeastern Renewable Energy’s investment and look forward to its success in the state,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

The company also has plans for similar plants in Dorchester County and Allendale County. The company has an agreement to sell green power in both cases to Santee Cooper for 30 years.

“Kershaw County is pleased to welcome Southeast Renewable Energy to our corporate community. The company will join an already strong local timber industry in Kershaw County and should set the stage for future energy companies to locate in our area,” stated Max Ford, chairman of Kershaw County Council.

“Central South Carolina has emerged as the Clean Energy Region with a steady flow of energy related projects. This is due in part to the cluster that has developed around the core competencies that exists with our workforce in the sector. We congratulate Southeast Renewable Energy on this announcements and what they are doing to keep our environment clean and green,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.

The company will begin requesting applications for the positions in early 2012.

Southeast Renewable Energy was founded in 2000 and is a growing leader in the biomass energy market. The company’s focus is on developing biomass facilities with strategic partners and helping others navigate the development phase. For more information, please visit

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