Solar legislation that was passed unanimously by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014 is setting the stage for significant growth of solar in the state.
As part of Act 236, the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act of 2014, residential and business customers will have more options to use renewable energy thanks to several programs proposed by Duke Energy. The programs include:
- Rebates for customers installing small-scale solar facilities
- A community solar program for those who often are unable to participate in renewable energy options – like renters, nonprofit organizations and community centers.
- Partnerships with developers to provide large-scale solar facilities, which would significantly expand the availability of solar for all customers
Pending approval by the SC Public Service Commission, the rebate program will be available late this year. The community solar program is expected to be available in early to mid-2016.
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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 late 2014, Griggs Road Elementary School in Clover and Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville were among the first groups in the state to take part in the program for matching grants.
Duke Energy Carolinas purchases all electricity generated by both solar installations under a "buy/sell" arrangement. The revenue received by the schools helps offset other costs.
Our customers are looking for ways to take advantage of solar resources, and we are committed to helping them find the choices they need.
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