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Due to the volume of interest in the solar rebate program, applications received from November 15, 2016 through January 27, 2017, have been have placed on a waiting list. Because the program is fully subscribed based on the applications received, there is no guarantee any project will be accepted into the program from the waiting list. Projects are listed based on the date we received your application. Based on the number of solar facilities on the waiting list and the current number of solar facilities accepted into the program, we have begun to determine projects that will not have the possibility of being accepted into the program. Accordingly, those projects have been removed from the waiting list. Please contact the Duke Energy Solar Rebates team if you believe your project should be listed on the rebate waiting list.

The waiting list will be updated by the first Friday of each month.

REBATE WAITING LIST
Should you have any questions about the program, please contact us at 866.233.2290 
or email us at SCSolarRebate@duke-energy.com.

DEC Rebate Application Status as of December 30, 2019.

Solar Installation Size  Goal Rebate Applications Received  Rebate Applications Accepted Rebate Applications Paid
Up to 20kW-AC  10,000 (kW-AC) 17,500 (kW-AC) 15,500 (kW-AC) 94%
20.01kW - 1,000kW-AC  30,000 (kW-AC) 37,500 (kW-AC) 24,500 (kW-AC)
Total  40,000 (kW-AC) 55,000 (kW-AC) 40,000 (kW-AC)
*DEC cannot incent more than 30,000 kW-AC for projects (20.01kW - 1,000kW-AC) per ACT 236.
**Waiting list will remain in place until all projects accepted into the rebate program have been paid a rebate.


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To qualify for this first-come, first-served solar photovoltaic (PV) rebate program, you must be a Duke Energy customer located in South Carolina and own or have rights to the property where the solar arrays will be installed and used. You must be the account holder and be on a concurrent electric retail rate with Duke Energy. Renters may not participate.

Other rebate program qualifications include:

  • You must complete the South Carolina Duke Energy interconnection application and process.
  • You may net-meter (Rider RNM) or sell-all (Rider PP).
  • You may own or lease the PV systems that are installed on your property.
  • If you are a residential customer, you may install a generating system no greater than 20 kilowatt (kW)-AC. If you are a nonresidential customer, you may install systems no greater than 1,000 kW-AC (or 1 MW).
  • The proposed solar PV system must be roof- or ground-mounted on your property.
  • Installed PV systems must comply with the IEEE 1547 requirements while the inverter must be certified to meet the requirements of UL 1741, or its successor.
  • Your solar PV system(s) must be installed by an electrician licensed by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation as a residential or commercial electrician. Also,
    • For projects completing in 2016, solar installations must be at a minimum commissioned by a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certified "Entry Level" or "PV Installation Professional." (NABCEP "PV Technical Sales," "Solar Heating Installer" and "Small Wind Installer" certifications do not qualify.) If the NABCEP information (name and certification number) is not listed on the rebate application, we will require the NABCEP certified individual to complete the South Carolina Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Rebate – NABCEP Attestation form. . 
    • For projects in the rebates queue installing on or after Jan. 1, 2017 and beyond, solar projects must be installed by a NABCEP Certified "Entry Level" or "PV Installation Professional." (NABCEP "PV Technical Sales," "Solar Heating Installer" and "Small Wind Installer" certifications do not qualify.)
  • All of the following must be provided on the SC Solar Rebate application in order to be considered for the rebate:
    • Your licensed electrician's name and their license number.
    • The NABCEP certified individual's name and their NABCEP certification number (or a copy of their NABCEP certificate).
    • If you worked with multiple installers or professionals to complete your install, please provide all the names, license and certification numbers.
    • Effective April 1, 2016, along with the rebate application and W-9 form, Duke Energy must receive a copy of the solar installer’s quote provided to the customer, which lists the cost of the modules, inverters, labor and taxes if applicable.
  • Eligible interconnection applications from customers who installed solar PV systems on or after January 1, 2015, are eligible for the rebate.

To contact Duke Energy about this program, please call 866.233.2290 or send an email to SCSolarRebate@duke-energy.com. For additional program detail, please visit the FAQs page.


Legal disclaimer: All non-energy attributes of the System, including environmental attributes and/or the renewable energy certificates ("RECs") attributable to the amount of energy generated by the System, must be owned by the Applicant and must be provided to Duke Energy Carolinas under the terms of the program. Once all Distributed Energy Resources Program (DERP) incremental costs are fully recovered and all DERP charges are removed from customers’ bills, the REC ownership will shift back to the customer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Rebate Application Accepted:  The Customer’s application has been reviewed and deemed eligible to participate in the SC Solar Rebate Program. Customer’s accepted into the rebate program will receive a letter reserving their projects spot. Upon completion of the interconnection process, the customer will receive a rebate check.
  • Rebate Application Received: Duke Energy Carolinas has received the Customer’s application for the SC Solar Rebate Program. The application has yet to be processed for acceptance into the rebate program.
  • Duke Energy’s South Carolina residential or nonresidential customers are eligible for the rebate program. The customer must be the account holder, own and/or have access to the property upon which the solar PV system is installed, and own or lease the solar PV system.

  • The Solar Rebate program is available for qualified residential customers who install generating system no greater than 20 kW-AC and for nonresidential customers who install systems no greater than 1,000 kW-AC (or 1 MW) on their property.

    Please note that there are upper limits to solar capacity if net metering. If you are a residential customer the maximum capacity is 20 kW-AC. If you are a nonresidential customer, the capacity is 100% of your expected maximum demand, but no greater than 1,000 kW for nonresidential installations.

  • You qualify for the rebate if you meet the following criteria:

    • You must be on a concurrent retail electric rate with Duke Energy Carolinas.
    • You own the property where the solar is installed and the property is located in Duke Energy’s South Carolina service territory.
    • You are considered to be in good and current payment standing with Duke Energy.
    • The PV system must be sized appropriately and installed in accordance with Duke Energy’s interconnection standards as well as the terms of the net metering rider (RNM) or the purchased power tariff (PP) that you elect.
  • Through Act 236, the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act of 2014, residential and nonresidential customers have more options to use renewable energy. The legislation was created to promote and encourage smaller scaled solar PV adoption.

  • The rebate is based on the direct current (DC) nameplate generating capacity rating of your solar PV electric generating system (module). Also, if in the case of a nonresidential customer who elects to net meter, the rebate is based on the customer's maximum contract demand or up to 1,000 kW AC, whichever is less.

  • There is no goal on the number of projects or locations, but we will approve applications on a first-come, first-serve basis totaling up to 40 MW-AC in the Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) territory.

  • Basic requirements include a home with a structurally sound roof, preferably south-facing, with no shading or obstructions. PV systems generally have a 20-year life, so note trees or buildings that may block the sun in the future. Even partial shading can significantly impact the performance of a PV system.

    After your initial assessment, you will need to contact a solar installer to determine if PV is the right choice for your home. The installer can provide the estimated price for a system. In order to qualify for the Solar Rebate, Duke Energy Carolinas requires that you use a North American Board Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified installer and licensed electrical contractor. Duke Energy Carolinas does not endorse or recommend installers. We recommend you speak with various installers and contractors to review your options.

  • Only PV systems placed in service by solar installers with a board-certified electrical contractor's license and who are NABCEP certified are eligible. You may confirm your installers' license at the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website.

  • Duke Energy Carolinas requires that you use only licensed solar installers who are NABCEP certified and installers must have a license with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation as a residential or commercial electrician. A suggested resource to research qualified installers in South Carolina is the South Carolina Solar Council and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website.

  • If you are eligible for the program, Duke Energy Carolinas will contact you via email. You may also download an application form, which is located on the SC Solar Rebate website. The rebate application, along with a W-9 tax form will be in an editable PDF format and you can either populate your information directly into the PDF document or you can print the form and fill out all necessary information before scanning and emailing the documents to: SCSolarRebate@duke-energy.com. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at: CustomerOwnedGeneration@duke-energy.com or call 866.233.2290.

    To view, complete and print the rebate application, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer (click here to download the software). Once you have accessed the application, save the blank template directly to your computer, do not attempt to fill out the form while it is open in a web browser. After opening your application, select “Highlight Existing Fields” in the top right hand corner of the form to ensure that all fillable fields on your form are shown in blue. Once you have completed your form, print a hardcopy for your records and save it to your computer.

  • SC Solar Rebate Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis and are dependent on available capacity at the time of the review. An applicant will receive a SC Solar Rebate Capacity Reservation letter, if they are accepted into the program. This letter will only be issued if the customer has applied for the rebate program and completed all required interconnection documentation.


    • For residential (up to 20 kW-AC) installations, you have 180 days from the interconnection request approval and the receipt of the rebate notification email to install your PV system.
    • For nonresidential (no greater than 1,000 kW-AC) installations, you have 180 days from the receipt of a fully executed and signed Interconnection Agreement between Duke Energy and the customer to install your PV system.

    For both residential and nonresidential installations, we must receive the certificate of completion or inspection documents within this time frame. If you are not able to complete the installation within this time frame, you may request up to two 90-day extensions by contacting us in writing for each 90-day extension request at CustomerOwnedGeneration@duke-energy.com.

  • No. If you participate in the South Carolina Solar Rebate program, all non-energy attributes of the System, including environmental attributes and/or the renewable energy certificates ("RECs") attributable to the amount of energy generated by the System, must be owned by you and then must be provided to Duke Energy Carolinas under the terms of the program. Once all Distributed Energy Resources Program (DERP) incremental costs are fully recovered and all DERP charges are removed from customers' bills, the REC ownership will shift back to you.


  • The installed cost of a residential solar photovoltaic system varies by system type, size and manufacturer. Typically, systems cost approximately $6,000 to $8,000 per kilowatt (before tax credits and incentives). Customers should contact a solar installer to determine potential benefits and exact pricing.

  • You may be eligible for a federal- or state-sponsored tax incentive. Customers can learn more about tax incentives by referencing the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiencies (DSIRE). Duke Energy Carolinas does not administer tax incentive programs or advice, but we suggest consulting your tax advisor and a reputable source to understand how to utilize solar tax incentives.


  • Yes. You may choose to lease the system from a solar vendor and apply for the rebate program.

  • The purpose of the second meter is to assess the dynamic output of solar energy from your installations. In the future, data such as this will enable Duke Energy, the grid operator, to better integrate solar capacity into its grid in the future. You will not be charged for the additional meter. Instead, it is a distributed energy resources program expense.

  • No. You are not responsible for installing the second meter. You are, however, responsible for the installation and inspection of the second meter base. Duke Energy will then install, maintain and retain ownership of the second meter.


  • We will retroactively honor interconnection applications from eligible South Carolina customers who installed solar PV systems on or after January 1, 2015.

  • Please contact your contractor to work through any questions or issues related to system installation. Duke Energy Carolinas does not provide call support or field services for the installation or maintenance of the PV systems.
  • All Solar Rebate program customers must return a W-9 form to Duke Energy Carolinas for incentive checks to be processed. A Form 1099 Misc. will be sent to you no later than March 31. Please consult with your tax advisers if you have any questions related to receiving and reporting the Form 1099 Misc. "Other Income."

  • Once your interconnection is successfully inspected and verified in accordance with Duke Energy Carolinas interconnection process and if all the appropriate rebate application documentation is received, you can expect to receive rebate checks within 4-5 weeks.

  • Please contact us at 866.233.2290 or email CustomerOwnedGeneration@duke-energy.com for the most up-to-date information.

  • If the answer to your question cannot be found within these FAQs or elsewhere on the SC Solar Rebate web pages, please send an email to CustomerOwnedGeneration@duke-energy.com or contact us at 866.233.2290.

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