Here comes the sun: Rooftop solar panels will power Boeing assembly plant

A rendering of Boeing's Final Assembly plant with solar panels installed and owned by SCE&G.

Boeing Co. will cover the 10-acre roof on its new 787 assembly plant with solar panels to generate electricity for its North Charleston manufacturing campus.

Officials of the aerospace giant said today that the project, which is a joint effort with South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., is part of a plan to power its local site entirely with renewable energy sources.

That “100 percent” commitment is a first for Boeing, said Rick Muttart, director of site services for the company’s East and Midwest regions.

The scope of the Boeing solar project is likely to attract attention with the renewable energy industry. It’s believed to be one of the largest solar rooftop installations of its kind in the Southeast, said Bob Long, general manager of resources planning for SCE&G.

“It is quite an undertaking,” Long said.

The low-glare dark blue photovoltaic panels will be able to generate enough power for about 250 South Carolina homes, he said.

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Work on the four-month installation is set to begin in May.

For more details, see Wednesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.