Aberdeen lands solar panel plant

By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – The Aberdeen Board of Aldermen voted Friday to approve a memorandum of understanding for development of Stinson Industrial Park to proceed, clearing the way for an initial solar plant and a franchise hotel.

“Phase I will begin with 100 construction jobs. As far as a figure for permanent jobs, I can’t say, but it will be a large number,” said architect Franklin L. Lassiter.

The centerpiece of the development will be Ewing Solar, LLC., which will manufacture solar panels.

A model for the site includes an outlet mall, commercial property, office space and residential parcels through phase development.

“It’s a blessing to see some movement to help bring jobs and a better quality of life to Aberdeen especially when the economy is on a downswing,” said Mayor Cecil Belle.

Lassiter expects development to begin within the next 90 to 100 days.

The solar plant comes on the heels of a deal struck in July between the city and SPW and Associates to locate a biofuel plant at the Port of Aberdeen.

For more information, check the Sept. 26 edition of the Monroe Journal.