Santee Cooper Blog

Solar is happening all around us

July 26, 2016   By Nicholas DeSanto, Summer Intern in

Colleton Solar Farm

I went on a family vacation to Maryland recently. We had a wonderful time in the mountains, meeting my girlfriend’s family and going to a wedding.

Among the favorite things I saw on my trip was the amount of solar panels that were in fields next to houses. I was pleased to see that so many farmers and just regular people are interested in putting solar panels on or by their homes in an effort to be ‘greener.’

Solar is an idea that really gets me excited. Using the sun for energy, which is available to all, is such a great idea. I hope we can move even further into advancing solar power technologically.

Santee Cooper has taken a step forward with Solar Share , their community solar program, which also happens to be the first of its kind in South Carolina. With Solar Share, Santee Cooper customers can subscribe to a portion of energy produced at the Colleton Solar Farm and get energy that the panels have created.

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Make summer boating fun no accident

July 20, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Santee Cooper Lakes

Boats ply the Tailrace Canal near Moncks Corner, which connects to the west branch of the Cooper River and to Lake Moultrie, via the Pinopolis Lock at Santee Cooper’s Jefferies Hydroelectric Station.

I love certain things about every season of the year.  The cool mornings and vibrant colors of fall, flavored coffee and sitting by the fire in winter, and morning runs in the spring are all things I thoroughly enjoy. When it comes to summer, time spent on or near the water, is added to the list of my favorite things.

I am also a fan of the Santee Cooper Lakes, home to some of the best recreation and water sports fun available anywhere.  This time of year, the lakes are often crowded and full of activity, so a day on the water can create lifelong memories.  It can also result in tragedy.  One of the most important things you can do before going on any body of water is know the safety rules and procedures for the activities you plan to enjoy.

Our Santee Cooper web page and the SCDNR have lists of boating safety tips that you should be familiar with. Of course the list includes: Know how to operate your watercraft, wear your personal f... Continue Reading >>

Confessions of a first-time blood donor

July 13, 2016   By Willard Strong in
Santee Cooper has always supported organizations that enhance the quality of life in our communities. Among these are the United Way, the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

It’s the Red Cross that I recently began becoming more intimately involved with. For the first time in my life, I gave blood at a blood drive held at our corporate headquarters in Moncks Corner. It was a fulfilling experience. I know hospitals are always in need of this most precious commodity, what the Red Cross has succinctly termed “the gift of life.”

This time of year blood is particularly needed, as people are on vacation and preoccupied with other summer activities. I admit to being somewhat squeamish about rolling up my sleeve. No, I wasn’t afraid of the needle. I have blood drawn every six months to monitor cholesterol. My barrier was a silly one. I thought giving blood would increase the probability of getting sick and then I’d... Continue Reading >>

Beware of Thunderstorms and Chanticleers

July 06, 2016   By Jessica Yourko in Power Delivery
“Three-two coming to Ryan Haug.  He got it!  It's all over!  Coastal Carolina rules the roost. They win the national championship!"

And just like that, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers won their first ever NCAA College World Series championship. It was an amazing moment to witness from the comfort of my air-conditioned home, but I imagine it was even more exhilarating to be there live and in person.

This championship game was supposed to have been played the evening before, but due to severe weather conditions, the game was postponed.  Fortunately, the weather held out the following day.  The Chants won and all was well with the world---except for the band of thunderstorms that began to roll through our area just as the last pitch was thrown.

Thunderstorms are the norm this time of year.  Usually just before 5 p.m. each day, clouds begin to swirl around and the sky becomes black. Luckily for us, the... Continue Reading >>

Cool savings during hot summer months

June 29, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in Reduce The Use
We’re all looking for ways to save money, even if it is just so we can spend that extra money on shoes. (I admit it. I have a closet dedicated just to shoes.) Whether you’re into collecting shoes, cars, bikes, books, figurines or those tiny little spoons at tourist attractions, you can save money on your electric bill even when it feels like 104 degrees outside.

No-cost energy saving tips:

My dad used to tell me this every day – Turn out the lights! If you’re not using them, flip the switch to save energy. Close the refrigerator. Every time the fridge is opened, up to 30 percent of cool air escapes. Unplug electronics, especially energy-hogging game consoles, when you’re not using them. Make it easy on yourself by using power strips. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher during the summer. Anything lower and your energy bill can increase up to 5 percent per degree. When the sun shines into your windows, it's he... Continue Reading >>

Santee Cooper's Secret Agent

June 22, 2016   By Aaron Grant, Summer Intern in Environmental Stewardship
I will never forget the day I discovered my father’s true profession.

Growing up as a child who loved the game of baseball, my father and I would often play catch in the front yard. Sometimes he would be the catcher as I practiced pitching and sometimes he would roll me ground balls and throw me pop flys.

One day during the middle of one of our workouts, he randomly stopped what he was doing and looked down at one of his legs. He then gently yet promptly raised his glove hand just before slamming it hard against his leg. “Got ‘em!” he yelled as he pealed the now flattened mosquito carcass from his 1995 Rawlings Paul O’Neill Edition glove.

“Ahh, Aedes Albopictus, ” he said, examining the pest inches away from his eyes. He then looked at me and said, “This here is one of the most common mosquitos in the area and they primarily bite people around the ankle and calf area.”

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