Berkeley Electric Cooperative President and CEO Dwayne Cartwright told students about the importance of energy efficiency during the dedication of a solar power system at Haut Gap Middle School. (Photo by Jim Huff, Santee Cooper)
Published Dec. 18, 2013
Students in Charleston County are using a pole-mounted solar cell array to learn about electricity from the sun’s rays.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative, power producer Santee Cooper and the Charleston County School District designated Haut Gap Middle School a Green Power Solar School on Tuesday, according to a news release. The partial-magnet school, located on Johns Island, is the first in the county to be given the distinction.
Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives are partnering to take the Green Power Solar Schools initiative to 28 electric cooperative territories across the state, the company said.
Each Green Power Solar School will receive a 2-kilowatt solar power system and a renewable energy curriculum that meets state science standards. The schools will also have access to a Web-based monitoring system that provides real-time information about the system’s performance at the school and other solar schools in the state.
Dwayne Cartwright, CEO and president of Berkeley Electric Cooperative, said the program will provide the students with a hands-on learning experience that will teach them about solar energy and how to use energy wisely.
“While our main goal at Berkeley Electric Cooperative is to provide affordable power to our members, we want to do it in a way that also safeguards the environment,” Cartwright said in a statement. “That is why we are strong supporters of the solar schools program, which will provide the students of Haut Gap with a great educational opportunity to learn about renewable power.”
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