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Project Profile

Horry County-Santee Cooper Green Power Program

LMOP Award Winner  Self Developed (Absence of third party developer)
Location:
Conway, South Carolina
End User(s):
Santee Cooper
Sector(s):
Utility
Landfill(s):
Horry County Landfill
Landfill Size:
4.68 million tons waste-in-place (2009)
Project Type:
Reciprocating Engine (three generators)
Project Size:
3 megawatts (MW)
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 27,200 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 24,400 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 296,800 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 1,800 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0348 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Enerdyne Power Systems, GE Energy - Jenbacher Gas Engines, Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Santee Cooper, SCS Engineers, South Carolina Energy Office
Last Updated:
7/20/2010

Photo of the Santee Cooper LFG energy project at Horry County Landfill in South Carolina.

Horry County Solid Waste Authority joined efforts with the state-owned electric utility Santee Cooper to launch a very successful electricity project that came on line in September 2001. The Horry County Landfill owns and operates the landfill gas collection system and sells the gas to Santee Cooper.

Santee Cooper owns and operates three generators at the landfill site, providing approximately 3 MW of generating capacity to their power grid. The $4 million project provides electricity to Santee Cooper's green power customers throughout South Carolina and exceeded the electric utility's financial expectations.

The project's highlights include:

  • First green power project in South Carolina.
  • Electricity powers approximately 9,300 residential customers.
  • 100 percent of the revenues from green power to be applied to future green power projects.
  • Horry County: LMOP Community Partner of 2001.
  • South Carolina Energy Office: LMOP State Partner of 2002.

Santee Cooper has signed agreements with at least three other landfills and expects to increase its green power output substantially.

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