In an effort to promote Green Power, YEC is working with Santee Cooper to have a visible solar installation constructed at its Fort Mill office located on Highway 21. The solar panels have a capacity of 8kW and cover 6 x 60 foot. If all goes well, the photovoltaic system will be completed by the end of March, 2014.
YEC supports the use of a wide range of fuels for its electric power, reducing costs and keeping rates low. Electric cooperatives across the country are actively expanding their fuel portfolios to include an array of renewable sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, manure and hydro.
Fort Mill Solar Panels FAQ
The projected cost, which Santee Cooper is providing with monies generated from Green Power, is $35,449.
Approximately 50KWH per day (on good days). On a good day, the solar panels will be able to supply the Fort Mill office and also put extra on the grid. YEC is putting all the electricity generated back on the grid instead of tying it back to the office. The panels have the potential to generate approximately half of the office’s use for a year.
They are Sharp panels and were made in Memphis, Tennessee.
Solar Power FAQ
Every year the cost of solar energy systems decreases. Even with these decreases, the cost justification is heavily dependent upon government tax credits. Presently payback ranges between 9 and 12 years, but this could change drastically if incentives were to increase or decrease.
Not at all. The sun’s energy is a great, clean resource which we should utilize.