Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County’s ReStore is elated to announce the installation of a solar energy system in partnership with Berkeley Electric Cooperative and SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston. The system, consisting of 192 solar panels, will be the first commercial solar system in Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s service area.
“Habitat for Humanity is blessed to be able to have a solar system installed on our facility. To know that we are not only cutting our carbon footprint but also producing almost 90% of the energy we use is very exciting for us. We look forward to working with Daniel and Supergreen Solutions as well as Berkeley Electric Co Op on this project and hope to serve as an example as to what other commercial facilities can do to conserve energy in our state.” -George Druyos
SuperGreen Solutions partnering with Southeast Energy Resources has designed and will be installing a 57.6 kW solar system. In addition to the solar system, SuperGreen Solutions completed a full LED upgrade that will save an additional $400 per month on utility bills and drastically reduce maintenance costs. “This was a challenging project and all the right players had to be in place with Habitat’s best interest in mind to be a success. I’m really proud of what we were able to do.” Daniel Hancock, SuperGreen Solutions.
“Berkeley Electric always recommends that members consider energy efficiency as the first step prior to installing solar panels”, commented Eddie Plowden, Director of Marketing and Energy Services. For example, the ReStore also installed energy efficiency LED lights help reduce their electricity needs. The savings from the new energy efficient lighting will also end up paying for itself as well.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative supports solar PV when it is a wise investment for its members. Berkeley Electric leads cooperatives statewide with its solar net metering program. The total output of PV systems that are completed (or under construction) is 4,000 kW or around 16,000 solar panels.
Although Berkeley Electric does not install solar PV systems, the Cooperative urges members to have their solar system proposals reviewed by our Energy Experts. They will help ensure that the home is energy efficient and that the proposal meets the needs of the member.
WHAT: Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County hosts a Solar Celebration to spotlight the 1st commercial solar system installed in Berkeley Electric Cooperative INC service area. This project was in partnership with Berkeley Electric Cooperative INC. and SuperGreen Solutions.
WHEN: April 24, 2018
2:00 pm: Solar Celebration
WHERE: 1 Belknap Road Goose Creek, SC 29445
WHY: Berkeley Habitat ReStore in partnership with Berkeley Electric Co-op (BEC) and SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston, is installing the 1st Commercial Solar System in BEC service area. This system will allow the Berkeley Habitat ReStore to cut it's carbon footprint and will produce 90% of the power used to illuminate a shopper's experience. This is a monumental step towards educating the public about the benefits of solar energy and how other commercial properties will benefit from the switch.
Berkeley Habitat will host a Solar Celebration April 24th at 2 pm. This event will provide educational materials to the public about solar energy and a sky view of the new system by drone. Come out and learn more!
About Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County
HFHBC, the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that builds strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing. For more information, visit www.berkeleyhabitat.org.
About Berkeley Electric Cooperative INC.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc. is the largest member owned cooperative in South Carolina serving 98,000 member/accounts in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.
About SuperGreen Solutions’ Mission Statement
SuperGreen Solutions’ mission is to be the premier advisor, supplier, and installer of domestic and commercial energy efficient solutions. We aim to inspire, educate, and assist our clients in their goals of enhancing environmental stewardship and reducing carbon footprints. Through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy generation we help our clients save green by going green.