State-owned utility Santee Cooper is installing 1,300 solar panels in Myrtle Beach, generating more power for residents. The Sun News in Myrtle Beach says 1,300 solar panels would make for the largest solar power installation in South Carolina. The panels are expected to produce more than 300 kilowatts per hour in the best conditions. That’s enough electricity for about 30 homes a year.
Santee Cooper says the Grand Strand Solar Station will increase the solar power generated in the state by 50 percent. The new project costs $1.3 million, but Santee Cooper says they had help with funding. The state Energy Office provided a $475,000 grant and the utility’s Green Power fund gave $500,000.