Powering our communities

I AM PROUD that Palmetto Electric Cooperative has taken an active, leadership role in fostering economic development and progress for Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties. We work together and even serve as representatives to our regional and local economic development organizations, as well as statewide groups like the SC Power Team and the State Department of Commerce.

Palmetto Electric representatives take an active role in attracting new industries to our area, as well as making sure our existing members receive the information and assistance they need to succeed and expand. We take this role very seriously because we know that new industry means new jobs, and new jobs mean greater prosperity and better quality of life for our friends and neighbors.

Recently, we have been involved in several projects throughout our service area. In Jasper County, a new spec building is being added to the Cypress Ridge Business & Industrial Park. Palmetto Electric provided Utility Tax Credit (UTC) funding to the project. UTCs are state tax credits made available to utilities through the South Carolina Rural Development Act (RDA) that can aid with the costs associated in developing qualified municipal and county owned sites. We also endorsed the project, allowing it to qualify for a low-interest economic development loan.

In Hampton County, Palmetto Electric played a vital role in Nupi Americas, Inc. establishing its warehousing and distribution operations in Hampton County in 2015. Since then and as recently as this past year, Nupi Americas has expanded to double the storage capacity of its Early Branch warehouse. In 2017, Specifed Fittings, LLC. moved its operations into the Nupi Americas warehouse, adding 36 more jobs and approximately $1.8 million in capital investment.

In Beaufort County, UTC funding was provided to the Town of Hilton Head Island to aid in a project geared towards the aeronautics industry to complement the existing airport. Funds were also given to Spartina 449, allowing this successful Lowcountry-based start-up to accommodate their distribution facilities and office space.

On the same note, Palmetto Electric played an active role in the retention and expansion of Hilton Head Island based company L3Harris Technologies (formerly known as Kigre, Inc.) when the business was purchased by leading global aerospace and defense technology innovator, L3Harris Technologies. These funds were used to upgrade their facilities on Hilton Head Island, ultimately allowing L3Harris to retain all current employees and commit to adding 20 potential new jobs.

It is evident that Palmetto Electric positively impacts the communities it serves. In fact, Palmetto Electric was founded on this very idea: improving the quality of life of all our members.

SC Power Team and Palmetto Electric Cooperative present a check to L3Harris for building expansion and facility upgrades.

Satisfied members make working at Palmetto Electric the ‘best’

PALMETTO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and SCBIZ Magazine. There were 75 total companies named to the list, and Palmetto Electric finished 42nd in the Small/Medium Employer category (15-249 employees). There are several factors that contribute to makingContinue Reading


FIFTY-FIVE high school students from across the state visited Columbia in July to see how electric co-ops are preparing for the future. They toured renewable energy sites, the state capitol complex, explored careers in the energy industry and rode in electric cars. Palmetto Electric sponsored four students on the S.C. Cooperative Youth Summit: Mark Martel,Continue Reading


Palmetto Electric Cooperative has appointed two co-op members, Greg S. Cook and Nick T. Gohagan to its Board of Trustees. Cook and Gohagan fill the seats, respectively, of Jimmie D. McMillan, who retired in June, and James O. Freeman, who passed away in July. Like their predecessors, Cook and Gohagan represent fellow members in HamptonContinue Reading


Helping you stay safe before, during and after the storm LIVING IN THE LOWCOUNTRY, we know that dangerous storms can occur at any time, especially during hurricane season. As we head into the heart of the 2019 hurricane season, you can take comfort in knowing that Palmetto Electric is hoping for the best, but alwaysContinue Reading


CHANGE COMES whether we are ready or not. Sometimes we’re given a little time to adjust.  Other times we just have to make do as we work through unexpected challenges. Lately, your co-op’s leadership has been dealing with both situations. One of our long-time directors, Jimmie D. McMillan of Hampton County, in June announced hisContinue Reading


BECAUSE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES are owned by their members, we strive to be a vital part of the communities we serve.   Concern for Community is one of the Seven Cooperative Principles that we take very seriously here at Palmetto Electric. Because of our members’ generosity, we are able to show our concern for community through programsContinue Reading


SUMMER’S HERE and the time is right to Beat the Peak.  Members of Palmetto Electric Cooperative can help.  Beat the Peak is a free and voluntary effort to help control energy costs for all cooperative members. And now is the time for all members to get involved. “We’re approaching peak cooling season, so together, ourContinue Reading


South Carolina’s Washington Youth Tour students, including five representatives from Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s service area, had a fun-filled week in Washington D.C., June 15-20. Students spent their time touring historical sites, meeting their legislators and learning how cooperatives are affected by government. Most of all, they had a great time meeting other students from cooperativesContinue Reading


OUR SAFETY MASCOT, Linny the Lineman, returns with his free summer day camps in July.  Linny and friends will teach children ages 6–11 safety skills in two events scheduled for July 10 and 15: Ridgeland Safety Days Wednesday, July 10 Jasper County Boys and Girls Club Hampton Safety Days Monday, July 15 Hampton County RecreationContinue Reading