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April edition of South Carolina Living online NOW

The April 2017 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

Highlights include:HORRYAPRILCOVER

  • CEO Column:  Find out what you’re missing at the Annual Meeting
  • Annual Meeting Map of Registration and Voting locations at Coastal Carolina
  • Beat the Peak!  Sign up today and Get the Message!
  • Rural Lady of the Year Feature: Janell Lewis becomes 39th Rural Lady of the Year
  • After-hours and weekends, we’re still ‘on call’ Horry Electric’s System Control is on duty, 24/7/365.
  • Co-op returning $3.3 million in capital credits to members









Community Solar Logo_Horry_SQAt the beginning of the year, James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric Cooperative,  announced the co-op was ‘very close’ to being able to offer Community Solar. “We built a community solar array on our property across the street from our main office in Conway last month,” he said in his monthly column in the January edition of South Carolina Living magazine.”As soon as everything is in place, we’ll be letting members know that we’ve begun accepting subscriptions to purchase a share of the energy that will be produced and distributed through the power grid.

The time is NOW! 

Access to community solar through Horry Electric Cooperative is easy. “We’re doing all of the heavy lifting,” says Howle. “Our plan takes the worry out of construction, maintenance and even zoning restrictions.”

The community solar array has been built and has already started producing electricity. All members have to do is decide how many blocks of solar power they want to subscribe to on a monthly basis. One block is equal to 150 kWh per month and the maximum number of blocks available per member is 5. “We have to cap the number of blocks per member so more members will have a chance to participate,” says Howle.

A subscription agreement needs to be completed by each participating member and a one-time, up-front, non-refundable charge of $100 will be collected for each block subscribed to by the member. “Participating members will begin seeing a monthly charge of $25 per block on their electric bill and a monthly credit based on how much energy is produced by the solar far,” explains Howle. The average is expected to be 150 kWH.

Want to learn more?  You can read all about it in Horry Electric’s local news in the March 2017 edition of South Carolina Living Magazine. You can also visit Horry Electric’s Community Solar page on

Have questions? Access our Community Solar Frequently Asked Questions or give us a call at 843.369.2211 during regular business hours. You may also send us an email to our email address for service and billing questions. Limited-offer-PNG-HD


Horry Electric will waive the $100 non-refundable upfront charge to the first 100 members to sign up for one block of power from Community Solar. If a member wants to buy more than one block, they will be required to pay the upfront $100 non-refundable fee per additional block.

Community Solar is available to any Horry Electric member with regular residential service on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Advance Pay services are ineligible at this time. 

March edition of South Carolina Living available online

The March 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will soon be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers,  but you can view it online NOW!horrymarchcover

 HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  Working hard, working smart: Linemen are geared up for safety and equipped with know-how
  • HEC hosting free workshop for K-12 STEM teachers March 21
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  • Teachers, let’s see how creative you can be!  Bright Ideas deadline is June 1
  • Watching for wildfires – a 30,000 acre blaze in 1976 set the Horry County record
  • Rising deductible plans an opportunity for  Co-op Connections® cardholders – always present both your insurance card and discount card to find the lowest price because every dollar counts
  • Co-op Connections® can benefit golfers
  • Got spring fever?  Remember to ‘look up and around’ before planting– tips for landscaping around overhead and underground electric equipment

South Carolina Living for February 2015 packed with news and information

febsclcoverThe February 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will  be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers mid-month,  but you can view it online NOW!

HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  Always call before you dig: Projects big or small; make sure you call
  • Operation Round Up Report: HEC members generously helped 208 neighbors in need with $54,000 in aid during 2014
  • WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship deadline is June 1
  • In Burgess, memories of another time – Mules and oxen helped bring co-op power to the Freewoods, member says
  • She ‘loved everything on the farm’ – except for one thing – Annie Plowden remembers growing up on her family’s farm in Burgess’ Freewoods
  • Right back where he started He followed opportunity up North, then followed his instincts back to Burgess – and farming – featuring Cad Holmes. 

January 2015 edition of South Carolina Living packed with news and information

januarycoverscl2015The January 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will soon be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers,  but you can view it online NOW!

Horry Electric Cooperative local content includes :

  • CEO Column  – Resolve to modify energy use
  • Two opportunities for high school students! Juniors may apply for Youth Tour 2015 (deadline 2/27) and Seniors may apply for the $1500 WIRE scholarship (deadline 3/1)!
  • Co-op Connections® Feature: Heating and air and savings to spare, just for co-op members!
  • Hooray for Hollywood! A touch of Tinseltown in Tabor City helped their teen romance take root in Green Sea
  • Authors share an easy-flowing tale of two rivers –

Other January 2015 highlights available online:

August 19, 2014 – Rest Easy just got easier!

rest easy feetOur Equal Pay and Bank Draft programs were already a winning combination that helped members ‘rest easy’, but recent changes to the program have made it even more easy!

The Equal Pay program  helps participating members guard against huge changes in their monthly  electric bill.  Our Bank Draft program, helps participating members pay their electric bill on time, every time – without having to write a check.

The Equal Pay and Bank Draft programs work together so members can truly Rest Easy when it comes to their electric bill.

Members are able to participate in the Bank Draft program without signing up for Equal Pay, but participation in Equal Pay, requires signing up for Bank Draft.

With Equal Pay, Horry Electric considers past energy use to determine the average payment.  Members are able to anticipate the amount they’ll owe each month, which makes household budgeting easier than ever before! Bank Draft eliminates the need to mail a check and assures on-time payments!

You Qualify If:

You have a residential account; have no more than 1 returned payment in the past 24 months; pay the existing account in full before setting up the Equal Pay Agreement and have a 12 month billing history. Other restrictions apply.


Just access and download the Rest Easy brochure, which includes the Equal Pay/Bank Draft Contract that all participating members must sign in order to get started. You’ll need to include a voided check when you send the completed contract by mail or drop it off at either of our two office locations.

If you participate in Operation Round Up, please make note that participants in the Rest Easy program are automatically removed from that list because of the calculation method used to determine an Equal Pay amount.  Members who want to continue participating in the Operation Round Up program by adding 50 cents per month to their monthly payment, are asked to indicate their intention to do so in the space provided on the contract.


Questions?  Give us a call at 843.369.2211.

HEC representatives take advantage of TechAdvantage

 The NRECA booth at TechAdvantage offered information on many of the programs available to electric cooperatives. (Photo By: Luis Gomez Photos)
The NRECA booth at TechAdvantage offered information on many of the programs available to electric cooperatives. (Photo By: Luis Gomez Photos)

Employees from the information technology and engineering departments, as well as Horry Electric’s office manager attended the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s TechAdvantage technology showcase this past week.  TechAdvantage ran in conjunction with NRECA’s Annual Meeting, which was attended by trustees, the CEO and the CFO.

TechAdvantage: Showcasing Latest Tech Solutions

Story by Derrill Holly/ ECT Staff Writer/ Published 3/6/14

Visitors to TechAdvantage got a chance to see, touch and, in some cases, try out some of the gear essential to operating an electric cooperative in the 21st century.

“We’ve got 342 exhibitors representing more than 130 categories of products and services,” Eric Commodore, an NRECA meeting and event planner, said of the March 3-6 show.

Commodore was one of several association staffers who devoted much of the past 15 months to the annual product exhibition for electric cooperatives, which ran in conjunction with the NRECA annual meeting. Meeting rooms located near the exhibit hall provided attendees with an opportunity to explore the trade show as they traveled to forums and other meetings.

“Exhibitors filled more than 67,000 square feet inside of Nashville’s Music City Center,” said Commodore. “One exhibitor even used an unmanned aerial vehicle to attract people to their booth.”

Products on display included substation equipment, vehicles, tools, uniforms and protective gear. Environmental consultants, software vendors and energy audit service providers were also represented.

“Operations staff and purchasing managers could find the products and services they need here at TechAdvantage,” said Robin Slye, NRECA’s director of meeting and event planning. “We also wanted directors and other decision makers to see the advanced equipment and technology that can help keep their co-ops running smoothly.”

More than two dozen NRECA staffers engaged members and other visitors to NRECA’s TechAdvantage booth. Operating units represented in NRECA’s 2,400 square-foot space included the Cooperative Research Network, the Cooperative Benefits Administrators and the NRECA International Foundation.

“The NRECA booth provided our members with an excellent opportunity to become more familiar with the value the national association delivers every day,” said Jim Bausell, NRECA’s senior vice president of communications. “We had key staffers on hand to fully explain and answer any questions about a wide array of programs and services.”