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The Bamberg Board of Public Works, Bamberg School District 1 and Santee Cooper dedicate Green Power Solar School at Richard Carroll Elementary


MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – The Bamberg Department of Public Works, Bamberg School District 1 and Santee Cooper dedicated today a Green Power Solar School at Richard Carroll Elementary School. The school has been equipped with a solar cell array that is already producing electricity from the sun’s rays, providing students with a firsthand look at the opportunities and challenges of solar power. Students, educators and utility representatives gathered around the pole-mounted solar array to officially commemorate it.

“This solar school dedication is important to the Bamberg Board of Public Works because it represents the intersection of science fiction and science fact,” said Will Martin, manager of Bamberg Board of Public Works. “This solar school, in Bamberg, South Carolina, shows the technical gains that have been made to enable us to harness the power of the sun so that we can continue to enjoy the modern conveniences electricity provides and at the same time be better stewards of our environment.”

"Programs like Green Power Solar Schools challenge these sixth graders, tomorrow’s leaders, to think about renewable energy sources and how they might benefit them and future generations," said Lonnie Carter, president and CEO of Santee Cooper. "The investment made in Richard Carroll Elementary School will impact both the education and future of energy for our state."

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 provides a teaching and research opportunity for students. The project uses a 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.

“Although solar energy from the sun has been around since the beginning of time, engineers and scientists are at the cutting edge of harnessing its power to create electricity to run homes and businesses. This source of energy is free and in no way compromises our environment,” said Phyllis K. Schwarting, superintendent, Bamberg School District 1. “We at Richard Carroll Elementary School are very fortunate to have the opportunity, through Santee Cooper, to study this increasingly useful form of energy. A special thanks to Bamberg-Ehrhardt’s own Lonnie Carter for helping to make this possible.”

Green Power Solar Schools represent one way that Santee Cooper and the Bamberg Board of Public Works promote renewable energy. It helps fulfill Santee Cooper’s commitment to reinvest Green Power funds back into renewable resources across South Carolina. Santee Cooper began generating and distributing Green Power in 2001, and has steadily increased renewable generation in South Carolina since then, using South Carolina resources.

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