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Broad River Electric Cooperative (BREC) was awarded an Economic Visionary award Thursday night by Spartanburg Community College.
BREC was one of four companies honored at the college’s first Economic Visionary event held in the Spartanburg Marriott. Atchinson Transportation Services, The Timken Company-Tyger River Plant and BMW Manufacturing Company from Spartanburg and Cherokee counties were the other award winners.
Spartanburg Community College (SCC) received 28 nominations for the awards, which are designed to recognize businesses and industries that have created opportunities and made a difference in their communities. There were four award categories based on the number of employees. Broad River Electric received the award for companies with 50 employees or less.
“We are humbled and honored by this award, but it comes not just because of recent accomplishments, but because of the longstanding commitment our board of trustees and our staff have made to the communities we serve,” Broad River Electric CEO Terry Mallard said. “We will continue to partner with entities like Spartanburg Community College to improve the quality of life in the Upstate."
road River Electric broke ground in January on a Community Solar initiative done in partnership with the Central Electric Cooperative. Solar panels were installed in front of the utility’s auditorium on Hamrick Street for a subscription based service in which local residents can essentially become owners of the power generated from the panels. Subscribers of Community Solar get a credit on their power bill for their share of the solar panels’ energy production.
Broad River Electric’s Operation Round Up program allows members to round up their monthly bills to the nearest dollar. The extra change accumulates in a benevolent fund that is distributed to local charities and causes.
SCC President Henry Giles said the college started planning the Economic Visionary award event a year ago to recognize innovations by companies in supporting South Carolina’s new economy. During the past seven years, companies from 32 countries have invested more than $9 billion in the Upstate and created nearly 35,000 jobs.
“SCC’s inaugural Economic Visionaries is a wonderful opportunity for the college to recognize and thank innovative companies for the work they do, their partnership with SCC and their investment in our Upstate economy,” Giles said.