Santee Cooper’s Bell Bay Solar Farm powers the Grand Strand
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Over 5,900 solar panels are now generating electricity at Santee Cooper’s new Bell Bay Solar Farm. The solar farm has been uniquely designed to maximize solar energy in the afternoon to coincide with the Grand Strand’s peak energy usage.
“We engineered the tilt of the solar panels to take full advantage of the afternoon summer sun, when our customers use the most electricity,” said Marc Tye, Santee Cooper executive vice president and COO. “This is a distinctive way to build a solar farm, and we will study the results of this new approach for future Santee Cooper solar farms.”
Bell Bay Solar Farm has approximately 2 megawatts of power output generated by 5,904 solar panels and has been brought on to Santee Cooper’s system with the help of Green Power funds. When customers from Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives voluntarily purchase Green Power, we reinvest that revenue into new or expanded sources of renewable energy.
“Our vision for Green Power from the beginning has been to use funds from Green Power sales to develop new renewable energy sources right here in South Carolina,” said Tye. “Bell Bay Solar Farm is the product of almost two decades of work promoting and supporting Green Power. Santee Cooper is proud of this accomplishment, and we truly appreciate the support that our Green Power customers have shown to this program.”
Since launching Green Power, South Carolina’s first renewable energy program offered to customers 17 years ago, Santee Cooper continues its commitments to growing renewable energy from South Carolina resources, like solar.
Built on a 10.03-acre tract, Bell Bay Solar Farm is less than eight miles from Conway, and sits adjacent to the Bucksville transmission substation and Thompson Farm distribution substation along Highway 701.