SEC Celebrates "10 Years of Green"
Article was added on Thursday, October 20, 2011
HEMINGWAY, S.C. - Sixth graders at Carver's Bay
Middle School got a treat with green energy earlier this month as
Santee Electric Cooperative, Inc. and the Georgetown County School
District, along with other schools and co-ops across the state,
helped Santee Cooper celebrate "10 Years of Green."
Carver's Bay Middle School in Hemingway, was the sixth school to
receive a 2-kilowatt solar panel demonstration system as part of
Santee Cooper's Green Power Solar Schools program after the program
began in 2001. The Green Power Solar Schools initiative encourages
interest in the environment and demonstrates the feasibility and
limitations of photovoltaic solar generation. The solar power
system provides a teaching, research and hands-on demonstration
opportunity for the students. A major component of the project is
the use of a renewable energy teaching curriculum that meets the
South Carolina state science standards.
The anniversary, marked across the state with tree plantings, is
a celebration of the learning opportunities this program has
brought to sixth grade science classes that have used the
curriculum as well as highlighting the importance of the
sustainable energy program to customers and the state.
Green Power is renewable energy produced in South Carolina using
local resources. Santee Cooper produces 28 megawatts of Green Power
from landfill methane gas, which occurs from naturally decomposing
garbage, as well as from solar and wind energy. This energy is
distributed throughout the state by the electric cooperatives of
Santee Electric Cooperative serves electric power in rural
Williamsburg, Georgetown, Clarendon and Florence Counties.
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