Solar installations in South Carolina continue to see significant growth. There are expectations that an additional capacity of 805 megawatts through the next five years will take place. Currently, there is enough solar capacity to power 77,244 homes. As of the end of 2018, South Carolina has climbed all the way to 18th overall nationwide.
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Here are some key figures about the state’s solar installation activity to date;*
- Prices for going solar have fallen 47 percent in the last 5 years.
- A total of $1.092 billion has now been invested towards solar installations.
- There are now approximately 80 solar companies doing business in the state. They are actively employing about 2,983 people.
Numerous large businesses have decided that going solar in South Carolina just makes good sense. These companies include Boeing, Target, and General Growth Properties. At the Boeing property in particular, an impressive rooftop solar array was constructed which is capable of generating more than 2 megawatts of solar power.
There was also a project completed in 2013 named the Colleton County Solar Farm that totals 3 megawatts in size, providing power to more than 325 homes in the state.
South Carolina has a fair net metering policy. Residential systems can be as large as 20 kilowatts and commercial customers are allowed 1,000 kilowatts. Customers are credited at the avoided cost rate. Excess kilowatt-hour credits roll over to the next month and utilities must pay annually for net excess electric production.**
The state’s voluntary Distributed Energy Resource Program states that participating utilities cover the costs associated with incorporating 2 percent of South Carolina’s electricity needs with renewable energy. This Renewables Portfolio Standard also calls for at least 12.5 percent of this total to be smaller energy systems of less than 20 kilowatts.**
There are about 44 solar installers in South Carolina at the end of 2018. These solar panel installers can be found throughout the state. Many are in Colombia, Charleston, Spartanburg, Greenville, Anderson, Myrtle Beach, Sumter, Florence, and Rock Hill, to name a few.
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*Information and figures gathered from seia.org.
**Information and figures gathered from dsireusa.org.