Horry Electric Cooperative and Aynor Middle School are celebrating 10 years of Green Power in South Carolina today with a commemorative tree-planting to symbolize the sustainability and environmental benefits of renewable energy.
South Carolinians began powering their homes and businesses with Green Power ten years ago this fall, when the state’s first 2-MW Green Power Generating Station went online at the Horry County Landfill. “The Horry County Solid Waste Authority built the gas collection and blower system that fueled the generating station and Horry Electric distributed the power,” says Eddy Blackburn, marketing analyst for Horry Electric. “The station now has a capacity of 3 MWs.”
The cooperatives work with Santee Cooper to sell that Green Power at a premium to interested customers. Santee Cooper then reinvests 100 percent of those Green Power revenues in new renewable energy projects that benefit the state.
In the past decade, Santee Cooper has generated approximately 580,000 megawatt-hours of Green Power and sold 163,559 megawatt-hours of that to customers. Those Green Power sales are equivalent in today’s terms to the electricity needed to power nearly 15, 000 average American homes for one year or avoid the annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 24,000 vehicles. (Source: EPA 2011: e-Grid Version 1.1 SEVC Subregion System Average). For more details, visit www.scgreenpower.com.
Horry Electric Cooperative and Aynor Middle School have their own joint history generating Green Power, as partners in the Green Power Solar School, which was dedicated at the school’s campus in October of 2008. The Green Power Solar School program is another partnership between the state’s electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper, designed to help teach middle school students about the opportunities and challenges associated with renewable energy.
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.
“Today’s tree planting is a celebration of the learning opportunities this program has brought to Aynor Middle School’s science classes that have used the curriculum,” says Blackburn.
If you’re already a Green Power participant, thank you for helping South Carolina’s environment.
If you’re not a participant, we’ve made it easy for you to sign up today!
For details on Green Power from Horry Electric Cooperative
This project is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the South Carolina Energy Office, using American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds.
Renewable resources: more than 99% landfill gas and less than 1% solar and wind located in South Carolina. Participation in Green Power is voluntary by Horry Electric Cooperative and its members. A member may discontinue participation in Green Power at any time. Horry Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper may alter, amend or end Green Power at any time. The Green-e Energy Program certifies that Green Power meets the minimum environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 1-888-63 GREEN or log on to green-e.org.