Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Santee Electric Cooperative, Inc. received the Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber’s Image Award for the month of May as they celebrated their 75th anniversary. Almost 4,500 members converged on the Kingstree Senior High School facilities for the company’s annual meeting April 22.
As a pillar of the community, Santee Electric Cooperative employees work to enhance the quality of life in the company’s service area by supporting economic, civic and educational opportunities.
In the 1930s as low interest loans became available through the Rural Electrification Administration, privately owned utility companies realized there was no money to be made by extending miles and miles of power lines to only serve a hand full of customers in rural Florence, Clarendon, Williamsburg and Georgetown counties.
So, in 1939, a group of farmers met to charter Santee Electric Cooperative with the goal of bringing electricity to themselves. These were neighbors and friends who dreamt of the possibility of electric lights, stoves, freezers and washing machines.?Years of hard work followed. They would scour the countryside to recruit members that were willing to sign up to receive electric service for $5 … during the dredges of The Great Depression.
And 75 years later, Santee Electric Cooperative continues to grow, with a service area that extends from Highway 301 to the Intracoastal Waterway, and from the Pee Dee River to the Santee River. There are about 34,150 members scattered over 5,000 miles of line in the four-county service area. Cooperative headquarters is located in Kingstree, with branch offices in Manning, Lake City, Hemingway and Georgetown.
Employees with the same work ethic and dedication to their fellow cooperative members have been diligent in their efforts to provide as much technology as possible to provide the best electric service at the lowest possible price today, and for future generations in another 75 years. For more information on Santee Electric Cooperative, contact Adrel Langley at 355-6187.