Clemson-Carolina game going green


Whether they chant C-L-E-M-S-O-N or GAME-COCK, fans at this year’s Clemson-Carolina rivalry game will be able to chant one cheer together: G-R-E-E-N.

That’s because for the third year in a row, the famed University of South Carolina and Clemson University football game will be powered by 100 percent Santee Cooper Green Power.

Clemson University has again teamed up with Santee Cooper and Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative to ensure that all the electricity needs of the Nov. 24 football game at Memorial Stadium will be met with Green Power. Santee Cooper produces 28 megawatts of Green Power from clean, renewable, South Carolina resources, including landfill biogas, solar and wind power.

“Clemson is proud to continue the tradition we began by hosting this game, which puts a spotlight on green power,” said Clemson President Jim Barker.  “It is a public expression of our University commitment to innovation and a sustainable energy future.”

“Renewables such as bio-fuels, wind, and solar have a place in our energy future. We are proud to bring attention to the importance of sustainable options at this event,” said Charles E. Dalton, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative president and CEO.

“These two schools sport spirited rivalries, but they are united in their efforts to promote sustainability,” said Lonnie Carter, president and CEO of Santee Cooper. “USC powered this game with Green Power at Williams-Brice Stadium last year, and Clemson started off this green tradition in 2010. I cheer their commitment to leading by example, and note that all revenues from this and all Santee Cooper Green Power sales are reinvested in developing new renewable energy for South Carolina.”