RBC Heritage marking 5 years of Green Power

2013-03-17T02:00:00Z RBC Heritage marking 5 years of Green PowerSantee Cooper The Times and Democrat
March 17, 2013 2:00 am  • 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — The RBC Heritage Golf Tournament will again operate its upcoming PGA Tour event with 100 percent Green Power, marking the fifth year the tournament has teamed up with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper.

The RBC Heritage will purchase Green Power from Palmetto Electric Cooperative for the duration of the 2013 tournament, which plays April 15-21 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. The tournament was the first major Green Power event in the state in 2009.

Santee Cooper generates its Green Power from renewable energy sources including landfill biogas, solar power and wind power within South Carolina. Santee Cooper is the only utility generating Green Power and offering it for sale in South Carolina, and Palmetto Electric Cooperative was one of the first cooperatives in the state to offer Green Power to its customers, back in 2001.

In addition to purchasing Green Power for this event, RBC Heritage has dedicated space for a Green Power booth on Heritage Lawn, near the 18th fairway, to educate spectators about renewable energy benefits. South Carolina residents who visit the booth will also be able to sign up to purchase Green Power for their own electric needs and enter a drawing for complimentary RBC Heritage tickets for the championship on April 21.

“We are proud to be celebrating five years. As South Carolina’s most significant sporting event and one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the country, we are committed to thinking green. Buying renewable energy lets us be a green leader both on and off the links,” said Steve Wilmot, tournament director for the RBC Heritage.

“Palmetto Electric is excited to once again partner with Santee Cooper and provide Green Power to the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament for the fifth year in a row. We look forward to being at the tournament and promoting our renewable energy program. We are also proud to be the largest electric cooperative provider of Green Power in the state of South Carolina,” said Tom Upshaw, president and CEO of Palmetto Electric Cooperative.

“The RBC Heritage Golf Tournament is South Carolina’s premier golf event. Through its commitment to renewable Green Power, the RBC Heritage has blazed a trail for other major events in South Carolina, even while it showcases our many economic development opportunities as well,” said Lonnie Carter, Santee Cooper president and CEO.

Santee Cooper began generating renewable Green Power when it opened the Horry County Landfill Generating Station, which produces electricity from methane gas created by naturally decomposing garbage. Now producing 28 megawatts of Green Power, Santee Cooper has six landfill biogas stations in commercial operation. It also has solar arrays generating power for the grid, 20 demonstration solar projects at middle schools around the state, and a wind power project.

Customers of Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives can purchase Green Power each month through their electric bills. For just two dimes a day, Green Power has the environmental impact of:

* Not driving a car for almost three months.

* Planting over one-third acre of trees for a year.

RBC Heritage is the only PGA Tour event in South Carolina. Played over the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island since 1969, the event is celebrating its 45th year April 15-21. The Heritage Classic Foundation, general tournament sponsor, distributes the proceeds from the tournament to hundreds of non-profit organizations. Since it was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 1987, the foundation has donated more than $23.5 million to people in need. For information on how to “Get Your Plaid On,” call 843-671-2448, visit rbcheritage.com or Facebook (Heritage Classic Foundation, RBC Heritage) and Twitter (@RBC_Heritage).

Palmetto Electric serves more than 66,000 consumers in southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power producer, being the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state.

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