Scout Boats adds solar energy system

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Scout Boats CEO Steve Potts (plaid shirt) shakes hands with a Hannah Solar official during the Flip the Switch ceremony.

Scout Boats CEO Steve Potts (plaid shirt) shakes hands with a Hannah Solar official during the Flip the Switch ceremony.

Scout Boats has started generating renewable energy to power its manufacturing facility in Summerville, S.C. During a ceremony held last Friday, Scout Boats CEO Steve Potts flipped the switch to start the 592-kilowatt solar energy system. He then announced the plans to add a second solar energy system to be built by Hannah Solar Government Services at the Scout facility.

In the first year, the roof-mounted solar array is expected to generate 775,752 kilowatt hours of energy, which Scout says is enough electricity to power 65 homes.

“At Scout, we’ve always taken great pride in not only being one of the most innovative marine manufacturers in the State of South Carolina,” Potts said in a statement. “We’ve taken great measures over the years to ensure our Summerville-based headquarters and processes are state-of-the-art, not only for our team, but our customers and community. As one of the largest employers in the tri-county area, we felt it is important, and our manufacturing responsibility, to be a resource for generating clean, renewable energy. Our partnership allows us to do just that. The solar array on our newest facility expansion, Plant D, is the start of what we hope will be a longstanding relationship with HSGS. And we hope to set an example for other manufacturers in our state and beyond.”

HSGS is also based in South Carolina and it designed, engineered and built the Scout Boats solar system. The upgrade will consist of four parking canopies that will total 605 kW. HSGS will begin the construction of the parking canopies in the Fall of 2019.

“We are very proud to have been selected to help the professionals at Scout Boats achieve their goals of saving electrical costs over the next few decades and improving our environment as they build their world-class boats,” Dave McNeil, president and CEO of HSGS, said in the statement.

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