South Carolina’s wind speeds are lower than that of North Carolina or Virginia, but with a long history in manufacturing, robust infrastructure, and supportive legislation, the State has immense potential to reap the benefits of both land-based and offshore wind industries. In recent years, South Carolina has made significant strides toward supporting wind development, including:
- The deepening of the Port of Charleston to 55 feet, making Charleston the deepest port on the East Coast and an asset for future component transport.
- The passage of House Bill 4831, which calls on the State’s Department of Commerce to conduct an offshore wind supply chain study.
- Ordinances from North Myrtle Beach and Charleston establishing support for offshore wind.
Alongside these, South Carolina boasts world-class research and technical institutions that are determining feasibility of new wind technologies and training the next generation of industry leaders, both of which will be critical to advancing the pipeline of projects along the Atlantic.