What’s the buzz? Community Solar from SEC!
I am very excited to tell you today about a new program Santee
Electric Cooperative has just unveiled!
Distributed generation (DG) and renewable resources are
buzzwords these days. As the name implies, DG refers to small,
scattered, local sources of electric power generation - as opposed
to the huge, centralized power plants to which we are accustomed.
Renewable resources, if I can borrow language from my daughter
Ava's sixth-grade science book, are those sources of generation
that are easily replenished by natural means. Sunshine, wind and
water are the most common renewables, of course.
Whether it's in an attempt to lower your power bill, to protect
the environment, or to simply control your own supply of
electricity, we see more and more interest in DG and renewables
every day. For those of you who have installed - or want to install
- some sort of generation at your own home (solar panels or a wind
turbine, for example), SEC has had net metering options for you for
quite some time. These rates and riders allow you to buy power from
us when you need it, use your own power when you generate it, and
even sell power back to us when you generate more than you
The unanswered questions, however, have been: "What if I cannot
afford to install something like that at my house?" or "What if I
just do not want a solar panel on my roof or in my yard?"
Today, I have that answer for you. We have just unveiled our
first Community Solar farm on Highway 52 just outside of Kingstree
in the Williamsburg Cooperative Commerce Centre. This 130-kilowatt
(kW) farm allows members to purchase a share of the generation
source and reap the benefits of any energy generated by their
panels. We also plan to build a similar farm in Georgetown County
in the near future. Depending on the level of success and member
interest, we could have these all over SEC's territory. To start
with, however, we have this pilot Community Solar farm for you.
If you are interested in details regarding this new program,
check the information on pages 5 and 20D or just give us a call.
Our friendly member service representatives will be happy to point
you in the right direction.
Robert G. Ardis III
President and Chief Executive Officer