Thursday, December 16, 2010

States Largest Solar Installation Coming to South Carolina

South Carolina's state-owned electric utility is installing 1,300 solar panels in Myrtle Beach.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Thursday the Santee Cooper project is the state's largest solar power installation. The panels at the utility's Myrtle Beach service center are expected to produce more than 300 kilowatts per hour in the best conditions. That should supply electricity for about 30 homes a year.

Santee Cooper says its Grand Strand Solar Station will increase the amount of solar power generated in the state by 50 percent.

Spokeswoman Mollie Gore says a $475,000 grant from the state Energy Office and $500,000 from the utility's Green Power fund helped pay for the $1.3 million project. Customers in the Green Power program pay more for their energy.


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