Santee Cooper marks major Green Power milestone

Santee Cooper’s Green Power program in South Carolina marked a milestone on Tuesday - the generation of its 1 millionth megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity.

That translates to enough renewable energy to power more than 74,000 homes of average size for a year, a release from Santee Cooper said.

Santee Cooper was the first South Carolina utility to generate renewable Green Power, which it did for the first time 14 years ago. This was accomplished with the opening of the Horry County Landfill Generating Station, which produces gas using the methane gas created naturally by the decomposition of waste.

Today, Santee Cooper boasts more than 28 megawatts of Green Power capacity as well as six landfill biogas stations, three solar arrays and a wind turbine.

“Santee Cooper’s proactive efforts to diversify our generating portfolio with Green Power have made us a leader in the state when it comes to renewables,” Marc Tye, executive vice president of competitive markets and generation, said.

Santee Cooper Green Power is produced from clean, renewable South Carolina resources in accordance with all national consumer and environmental standards.

The company provides solar generation from facilities located at Coastal Carolina University, Technical College of the Lowcountry and the Grand Strand Solar Station.

“Santee Cooper was a leader in the charge to bring Green Power to the state’s grid and to the people of South Carolina more than a decade ago," M. Anthony James, director of the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff’s Energy Office, said. “I’d like to congratulate Santee Cooper on their commitment to Green Power and to the state.”

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