Santee Cooper Solar Energy Pavilions
Coastal Carolina, in conjuntion with Santee Cooper, installed a solar energy station on campus during the fall of 2006. The solar energy station sits atop of the four bus pavilions located on Chanticleer Drive East near the Jackson Student Center. The photovoltaic solar panels generate electricity which is then fed back into the Santee Cooper electricial grid. Each solar panel is capable of producting 16 kilowatts of renewable, environmentally friendly energy. The site is the first in several respects: the first "Green Power" solar installation in South Carolina, the first photovoltaic (PV) project at a public university in South Carolina, and the first project funded by Green Power partners, according to Santee Cooper. A kiosk in the lobby of the R. Cathcart Smith Science Center displays real-time information about the energy output generated by the solar pavilions.
LEED Certified Green Buildings
Coastal Carolina University is a member institution of U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which develops and administers the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. Because of the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act, all state-funded building projects on Coastal's campus must meet LEED Silver standards. To learn more, visit the USGBC's LEED Program.
You can find more about Green Buildings and LEED on the Office of Facilities Planning & Management webpage.