Greater access to solar for more South Carolinians as PSC signs off on utility solar programs

The utility programs will enable all kinds of customers – renters, homeowners and businesses – to invest in clean, renewable solar power while keeping costs low.  (© iStock)

The Public Service Commission has officially approved solar incentive programs offered by South Carolina utilities, a major step in bringing affordable solar power to families and businesses across the Palmetto State. 

SELC, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy weighed in with other parties in hammering out the details of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) programs proposed by Duke Energy Progress, Duke Carolinas, and South Carolina Electric & Gas.

Details of the utility program offerings include:

  • Nearly 100 MW of new large-scale solar capacity will be brought online over the next few years between the three utilities
  • Community solar programs, or shared solar programs, to provide access to solar for residents and businesses unable to install systems
  • Checks to ensure that utility programs stay efficient and lean, keeping customer costs to a minimum

“These solar programs open a brand new lane for major solar growth in South Carolina starting now,” said Blan Holman, Managing Attorney for SELC’s Charleston office.

Read our previous posts on agreements concerning Duke’s proposed DER programs and SCE&G’s proposed DER programs.

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