The school has been equipped with a solar cell array which is already producing electricity from the sun’s rays, providing students with a hands-on look at solar technology, its opportunities and challenges. Students, educators and utility representatives gathered around the pole-mounted solar array to officially commemorate the state’s 20th Green Power Solar School.
"Santee Cooper believes that practical renewable energy and energy efficiency play important roles as we work to meet the future electricity needs in our state. It’s critical that we challenge tomorrow’s leaders to think about the opportunities and challenges offered by these energy sources, and how they can benefit future generations,” said Steve Spivey, manager of renewable energy at Santee Cooper.
Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives have partnered to install Green Power Solar Schools in 20 electric cooperative and direct-serve territories across South Carolina. The initiative is designed to encourage interest in the environment and demonstrate the feasibility and limitations of renewable power generation. Each Green Power Solar School receives a 2-kilowatt solar power system, a new renewable energy curriculum designed especially for the program that meets state science standards, and access to an Internet-based monitoring system that provides real-time data on the system’s performance as well as systems at other solar schools in South Carolina.
“The faculty, staff and students of Myrtle Beach Middle and Horry County Schools would like to thank Santee Cooper for their support of our students by allowing them the opportunity to learn about solar energy through inquiry-based instruction and research,” said Roger Gray, Myrtle Beach Middle School principal. “In our constantly changing world, our students have the opportunity to learn about and explore alternative sources of energy.”
Santee Cooper generates 28 megawatts of renewable Green Power from clean, renewable energy sources including landfill biogas, solar and wind energy. It was the first utility to generate and sell Green Power, beginning in 2001 with the Horry County Landfill Generating Station.
Customers who choose to purchase Santee Cooper Green Power are supporting development of solar schools and other renewable energy in South Carolina. Santee Cooper sells optional blocks of Green Power at $3 per 100 kilowatt-hours and reinvests that money into new renewable generation.
Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, and the state’s largest power producer. The ultimate source of electricity for 2 million South Carolinians, Santee Cooper is dedicated to being the state’s leading resource for improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.santeecooper.com.