COLUMBIA — Fifty-eight high school students from across South Carolina will be in Columbia this week for an up-close look at how the state’s electric cooperatives are preparing for the future. The rising high school seniors will tour renewable energy sites, meet with state government leaders, explore careers in the electric industry and take rides in an array of all-electric vehicles.
One of those students, Bailey Long of Union, is representing Broad River Electric Cooperative on the trip. Long is an active honor student at Union County High School. She cheers, plays soccer and is a member of the Junior Civitan Club and Future Farmers of America.
The Cooperative Youth Summit, in its second year, takes place Tuesday, July 10, through Friday, July 13. The events in the summit include:
Tuesday, July 10
• 1 p.m. — Students tour a community solar farm at Black River Electric Cooperative, 1121 North Pike Road, West, Sumter.
Wednesday, July 11
• 7:15 a.m. — Students tour the S.C. Statehouse grounds.
• 11:30 a.m. — Students meet with S.C. Rep. Beth Bernstein in the Blatt Building, Room 112 at the Statehouse complex.
Thursday, July 12
• 8:30 a.m. — Electrical safety demonstration at Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, 254 Longs Pond Road, Lexington.
• 9:30 a.m. — Bucket truck rides, pole climbing demonstrations and co-op career education at Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative.
• 12:45 p.m. — Students will participate in a community service project called “Kid’s Closet” where they will pack needed supplies to be given to deserving school children throughout S.C., Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
Friday, July 13
• 9 a.m. — Students will tour the Richland County Landfill Gas-to-Energy facility operated by Santee Cooper at 1445 Screaming Eagle Road, Elgin.
• 10:30 a.m. — Students will see and ride in a variety of electric vehicles including an all-electric Chevy Bolt at The Electric Cooperatives of S.C., 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce.
You can follow the week’s events on Twitter at @SCcooperatives.
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. is the state association of independent, member-owned electric cooperatives. More than 1.3 million South Carolinians in all 46 counties use power provided by 20 electric cooperatives. Together, the co-ops operate the state’s largest electric power system with 75,000 miles of power lines across 70 percent of the state. Find more information at www.ecsc.org.