Duke Energy was a strong supporter of the solar legislation that was passed unanimously by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014. Act 236, the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act of 2014, which was signed into law in June 2014, sets the stage for significant growth of solar in the state. As part of next steps in implementing that law, in December 2014, the Office of Regulatory Staff filed a settlement agreement on net metering with the Public Service of South Carolina.
Duke Energy, together with a broad stakeholder group, supports the agreement. It lays the groundwork for an open, transparent transition to more solar choices for South Carolina customers.
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 will purchase all electricity generated by both solar installations under a "buy/sell" arrangement. The revenue received by the schools will help offset other costs.
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.Duke Energy Carolinas Duke Energy Progress
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