April 2002 - Myrtle Beach has become the first city in South Carolina to purchase green power for its municipal facilities by subscribing to Santee Cooper's GreenPower program. Under the one-year agreement, Myrtle Beach will purchase 372,000 kWh of green power, which represents between 2% and 5% of the city's total annual energy use, at an extra cost of $10,800, or 2.9¢/kWh.
Myrtle Beach joins nearly 50 local businesses that are participating in the utility's eight-month-old green pricing program, which is supplied with electricity generated from a local landfill methane facility. Under the program, residential customers can purchase 100-kWh blocks of green power for an extra $3.00 per month. The price for businesses is based on their overall power consumption. All proceeds from the program will be used to develop new renewable energy projects.
News Release - Myrtle Beach Becomes South Carolina's First "Green Power City" - No longer online at santeecooper.com
News Article - MB first to sign up for 'green power' - No longer online at myrtlebeachonline.com