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Duke Energy has approximately 1 megawatt of solar power on our state's electric grid, and we expect that number to grow. Already, more than 100 customers use rooftop solar panels in the state. Additionally, more than 140 megawatts of utility-scale projects proposed are in the state.

Duke Energy supports state-level organizations that promote renewable energy development. In South Carolina, Duke Energy has contributed $2 million to Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE), a nonprofit organization that promotes the development of renewable energy resources. Through PaCE, we fund a pilot program that provides matching grants to K-12 schools and not-for-profit educational institutions interested in installing rooftop solar systems.

In early 2014, a coalition of environmental, utility and business stakeholders in South Carolina proposed a comprehensive, forward-looking bill to lay the groundwork for solar expansion in the state. After passing both House and Senate, the bill was signed into law on June 2, 2014. Referred to as Act 236, or the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act of 2014, it provides producers and consumers of electricity with more choices and moves solar power forward in the state. Duke Energy is committed to working with South Carolina stakeholders as the new law is implemented in the coming months.

Our customers are looking for ways to increase solar activity, and we are committed to helping them find the choices they want. Learn more about renewable energy in South Carolina.

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