Born out of the Santee Cooper’s goal to get 40% of their required energy from renewable resources by 2020, this solar array was designed to generate 20 kWh of green energy. In addition to providing a location for the solar panels, the series of 9 Solar Canopies were installed to house the panels while also providing a location for students at the Technical College of the Lowcounty’s New River Campus to rest between classes or hangout afterwards. At the time of completion, the array was the largest in the state. Santee Cooper recently released this video that describes the project and includes interviews with the U.S. Representative Joe Wilson; the then President of the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Tom Leitzel; and Tom Upshaw, President and CEO of Palmetto Electric.
The performance of the canopies can be tracked at this website. At the time of this post, the array has diverted 250,000 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere by generating enough power for over 4000 homes for a day.