Green Power Solar Schools are designed to encourage interest in the environment and demonstrate the feasibility and limitations of renewable power generation.
Preparing and inspiring our young people to be successful adults in a changing world is a challenge for all of us. As the 21st century unfolds, our young students face many challenges and opportunities, especially regarding energy and the environment.
A partnership between Santee Cooper and the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina who market Green Power. Nineteen of the 20 Electric Cooperatives in South Carolina are offering Green Power to their customers.
Green Power Solar Schools was launched in 2006 at Hilton Head Middle School served by Palmetto Electric Cooperative. The program continues the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina’s and Santee Cooper's efforts to promote renewable energy, and fulfill Santee Cooper’s commitment to reinvest Green Power funds back into renewable resources across South Carolina.
The solar school installations have crossed the state in phases, beginning with five pilot project schools through 2008. There are now more than 20 operating solar schools, and Santee Cooper and the electric cooperatives continue to work together to identify additional solar school opportunities.
Santee Cooper installs a 2 kilowatt solar power system at select middle schools. The solar cell provides a teaching, research and hands-on demonstration opportunity for 6th grade students. Teachers and students use a specially designed renewable energy curriculum that meets South Carolina Department of Education science standards. The school also can access an Internet based monitoring system. Students can see how much electricity is being made from their cells and they can look at other solar schools across the state and country.
View our Solar Schools and their real time data:
Aynor Middle School - served by Horry Electric Cooperative
Bennettsville Middle School - served by Marlboro Electric Cooperative
Carver-Edisto Middle School - served by Edisto Electric Cooperative
Carver Bay Middle School - served by Santee Electric Cooperative
Chapin Middle School - served by Mid-Carolina Cooperative
Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School - served by Lynches River Electric Cooperative
Clover Middle School - served by York Cooperative
Diamond Hill Middle School - served by Little River Electric Cooperative
Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School - served by Palmetto Cooperative
Haut Gap Middle School - served by Berkeley Electric Cooperative
Hillcrest Middle School - served by Black River Electric Cooperative
Hilton Head Middle School - served by Palmetto Electric Cooperative
Hopkins Middle School - served by Tri-County Electric Cooperative
Jonesville Elementary Middle School - served by Broad River Electric Cooperative
Leslie M. Stover Middle School - served by Fairfield Electric Cooperative
Mauldin Middle School - served by Laurens Electric Cooperative
Merriwether Middle School - served by Aiken Electric Cooperative
Muller Road Middle School - served by Fairfield Cooperative
Myrtle Beach Middle School - served by Santee Cooper
New Ellenton Middle School - served by Aiken Electric Cooperative
Plainview Elementary School - served by Pee Dee Cooperative
Ruffin Middle School - served by Coastal Electric Cooperative
Sangaree Middle School - served by Berkeley Electric Cooperative
Savannah Grove Middle School - served by Pee Dee Electric Cooperative
Springfield Middle School - served by York Electric Cooperative
Tamassee-Salem Middle School - served by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative