Solar panels light up green initiative in Bluffton, N.C.

Santee Cooper and Palmetto Electric Cooperative joined elected officials Monday to dedicate a 20-kilowatt solar array at the Technical College of the Lowcountry's campus in greater Bluffton.

"This is the largest solar array in the Lowcountry, and one of the largest -- if not the largest -- in the state," said Lonnie Carter, Santee Cooper president and CEO.

The $230,000 project includes nine canopies, each covered with 10 solar panels. Each canopy shelters a bench that students and faculty can use as a gathering place.

The electricity generated by the panels will be metered and supplied to the grid through Palmetto Electric's distribution system. The panels will provide enough energy to power three or four homes, said G. Thomas Upshaw, cooperative president and CEO.

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