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Jonesville School Equipped with Solar Panel

Broad River Electric Cooperative, Santee Cooper and the Union County School District dedicated a Green Power Solar School at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School K-8 on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

The school has been equipped with a solar cell array which is already producing electricity from the sun’s rays, providing students with a hands-on look at solar technology, the opportunities and challenges.  Students, educators and utility representatives gathered around the pole-mounted solar array to officially commemorate the state’s 19th Green Power Solar School.

“We are so proud to be a part of this program and to help local students understand energy,” said Josh Crotzer, member services coordinator for Broad River Electric. “It will be up to these students to use educational experiences such this to help shape our future.”

"Santee Cooper believes that practical renewable energy and energy efficiency play important roles as we work to meet the future electricity needs in our state.  It’s critical that we challenge tomorrow’s leaders to think about the opportunities and challenges offered by these energy sources, and how they can benefit future generations,” said Marc Tye, vice president of conservation and renewable energy at Santee Cooper.

Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives have partnered to install Green Power Solar Schools in 19 electric cooperative territories across South Carolina. The initiative is designed to encourage interest in the environment and demonstrate the feasibility and limitations of renewable power generation. Each Green Power Solar School receives a 2-kilowatt solar power system, which will provide a teaching, research and hands-on demonstration opportunity for students. The project uses a new renewable energy curriculum designed especially for the program that meets state science standards. Each school program is supplemented by an Internet-based monitoring system that provides real-time access to information on the system’s performance as well as other solar schools in South Carolina.

"On behalf of Union County Schools and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School faculty and staff, we would like to thank Broad River Electric Co-op and Santee Cooper for allowing our students the opportunity to learn about solar energy through inquiry-based instruction and research,” said Floyd Lyles, Jonesville principal. “This wonderful opportunity allows us as educators to better prepare our students for a rapidly changing world."

Green Power Solar Schools represents one way that Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives promote renewable energy. It helps fulfill Santee Cooper’s commitment to reinvest Green Power funds back into renewable resources across South Carolina and supports the utility’s goal to increase its generation from non-greenhouse gas emitting resources, biomass fuels, conservation and energy efficiency.  In September 2001, Santee Cooper became the first electric utility in the state to generate and offer Green Power to its customers from methane gas collected at the Horry County Landfill near Conway. Since then, four additional landfills in Lee, Richland, Anderson and Georgetown counties have opened, as has the 16-kilowatt solar installation at Coastal Carolina University. 

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, and the state’s largest power producer. The ultimate source of electricity for 2 million South Carolinians, Santee Cooper is dedicated to being the state’s leading resource for improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. For more information, visit


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