Boeing Co. is building a 2.6 MW solar power plant on the roof of the company’s $750 million jet assembly plant in South Carolina.

South Carolina Electric & Gas will install and maintain the 18,000 panels on the roof of the assembly building, an area of about 10 acres. It will supplement the solar energy with power from its system.

The system is expected to be operational by July 2011. The Boeing facility will manufacture part of the 787 aircraft.

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