Green Power Powers the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Weekend at Darlington Raceway

Green Power Powers the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Weekend at Darlington Raceway

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Green Power Powers the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Weekend at Darlington Raceway

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Race fans have a chance to win a pace car ride at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 races at Darlington Raceway. The Labor Day weekend races will be powered by 100 percent Green Power, distributed by Pee Dee Electric Cooperative and generated by state-owned utility Santee Cooper. To help celebrate Green Power at Darlington Raceway, fans can sign up to win three laps in a pace car on Sunday, Sept. 2, at

As part of the Green Power races, race car drivers can earn their “green stripe” on turn two, painted green as a reminder to be kind to the environment.

“We are proud to bring back the green stripe to the Track Too Tough To Tame,” said Kerry Tharp, Darlington Raceway president. “Using Green Power on our biggest day of the year is beneficial to all of us and it helps spread the word to race fans that caring for the environment is a priority. We enjoy our strong relationship with our power providers, and we’re looking forward to having a great race weekend with our fans.”

Santee Cooper has 28 megawatts of clean, renewable Green Power from sources including six landfill methane gas generating stations, six solar arrays and one wind turbine. Green Power is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer protection standards set by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions.  Learn more at Santee Cooper is the only utility generating Green Power in South Carolina that is on the state’s electric grid, and Pee Dee Electric Cooperative promotes Green Power sales to its 30,000 members.

“The races are a great way to show our community the benefits of renewable energy,” said Jeff Singletary, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative vice president of marketing. “This weekend draws thousands of people to Darlington and we’re able to show them just how much Green Power can do.”

“Santee Cooper is consistently looking for ways to bring renewable energy to the state,” said Jim Brogdon, interim CEO of Santee Cooper. “The Labor Day weekend races are a big event for South Carolina, and we’re proud to be a part of them with Pee Dee Electric and Darlington Raceway.”

In addition to the Bojangles’ Southern 500, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race on Saturday, Sept. 1, will also be powered by Green Power. Children 12 and under get in free to Saturday’s race. Race tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting

Incorporated in 1939, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative serves parts of six counties in northeastern South Carolina. The 30,000-plus members of the electric distribution co-op live in Darlington, Marion, Florence, Lee, Dillon and Chesterfield counties. For more information, visit

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Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper helps power South Carolina. To learn more, visit and follow #PoweringSC on social media.