Plaid Jackets and Green Power: The Tradition Continues

For 11 years the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing has teamed up with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper to power the state’s largest sporting event with 100 percent homegrown, environmentally sound Green Power. That tradition, along with the Heritage’s iconic plaid jackets, is once again a proud and prominent feature of this year’s tournament.

RBC Heritage will use Green Power, delivered by Palmetto Electric and generated by Santee Cooper, for the 2019 tournament, which plays April 15-21 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Enter to win two Clubhouse Badges to the tournament at

“Tradition and environmental stewardship are important to us at the RBC Heritage. We proudly use Green Power to power the tournament,” said RBC Heritage President and Tournament Director Steve Wilmot. “We are a leader for sustainability in golf and will continue to honor the environment during the tournament.”

Santee Cooper generates Green Power from clean, renewable energy sources including landfill methane gas, solar power and wind power right here in South Carolina. In 2001, Santee Cooper became the first utility to generate Green Power and offer it for sale in South Carolina, and Palmetto Electric Cooperative signed on as one of the first cooperatives in the state to offer Green Power to its members.

“The RBC Heritage is a big event for our state and using Green Power for the tournament is a big win for our state, too,” said Palmetto Electric President and CEO Berl Davis. “Along with Santee Cooper, Palmetto Electric has worked with tournament organizers to offset the power used at the event with certified Green Power, generated from renewable resources. The support of the RBC Heritage and others here has made Palmetto Electric a leader in Green Power sales in South Carolina.”

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. Santee Cooper now has six landfill methane gas stations in commercial operation, a wind power project, solar arrays generating power for the grid, and 28 demonstration solar projects at middle schools around the state including two in partnership with Palmetto Electric.

“The RBC Heritage’s tradition of powering the event with Green Power has been setting the standard of environmental stewardship for others to follow,” said Jim Brogdon, Santee Cooper interim president and CEO. “We applaud the Heritage and Palmetto Electric Cooperative on their continued commitment to Green Power.”

Customers of Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives can purchase Green Power each month through their electric bills. Green Power is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at

About the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing
Celebrating its 51st year in 2019, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing 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 set for April 15-21, 2019. The Heritage Classic Foundation, general tournament sponsor, distributes the proceeds from the tournament to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Since it was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 1987, the Foundation has distributed $41 million to people in need. For information on how to "Get Your Plaid On!” call 843-671-2448, visit or Facebook (RBC Heritage) and Twitter (@RBC_Heritage).

About Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Palmetto Electric Cooperative is a non-profit electrical distribution utility that is owned by the members it serves. The Cooperative serves over 72,000 consumers in southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. Palmetto Electric’s mission is to provide diversified, innovative energy and related services to its members consistent with sound business practices, while always acting in a community-building leadership role. For more information, visit or call 843-208-5551.

Palmetto Electric is also a member of Touchstone Energy, which is a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. More than 742 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 46 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to approximately 40 million customers every day. Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve their members with integrity, accountability, innovation and a longstanding commitment to communities.

About Santee Cooper
Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper powers South Carolina. To learn more, visit and follow #PoweringSC.

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