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South Carolina Solar Energy News – May Edition

The following article contains important news about solar & renewable energy in South Carolina and across America from the month of May 2018. Contact the Southeast’s leading solar company Southern Current to learn about saving money by powering your home or business with clean, unlimited solar energy.

May News Solar Energy In South Carolina

Post and Courier: The Sun is Rising on South Carolina’s Advanced Energy Economy

Southern Current helped develop the Soluga III Solar Farm utility scale installation in Clarkton, North Carolina. The project uses thousands of PV solar panels across it’s 80-acre footprint to generate clean, renewable electricity.

In 2017 a new solar project was installed every 84 seconds across America, as more and more home and business owners turned to solar to help them reduce their carbon footprints and energy bills. This means a great opportunity for states like South Carolina to capitalize on new energy technologies to grow the state’s economy

CNBC: 10 massive corporations going big on solar power

This Target retail store in Florence, South Carolina has over 48,968 square feet of solar panels blanketing its roof. The 707 kW solar power system installed by Southern Current instantaneously collects the sun’s energy and distributes it for consumption at this store.

American businesses are investing record amounts in solar, with the top corporate users adding 325 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity last year. And the impact of this corporate solar trend is significant: these solar installations produce enough electricity to power 402,000 U.S. homes and offset 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year! Target took the #1 spot by adding over 40 MW of solar to its portfolio in 2017 including a number of rooftops at South Carolina stores (like the one above) installed by Southern Current.

Independent Mail: New Solar Farms Coming To Anderson County

Southern Current plans to lease land from two private landowners for new solar farms to be constructed in Anderson County. One is a $7.6 million 30 acre development near Piedmont. The other is 30 acres near Powdersville for a $2.8 million, 2-megawatt farm. Along with four other farms that are still in the planning stages, these six farms will eventually provide over $77,000 in new tax revenue for Anderson County.

Learn More About Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top Solar Installers in the Southeast, with specialties in residential solar for homes, commercial solar for businesses, and utility-scale solar farms for property owners and utilities. Schedule a solar consultation today to receive a free analysis of how much money you could be saving with a solar panel installation! Don’t wait – Summer power bills are coming soon!

South Carolina Solar Energy News – April Edition

The following article contains important news about solar & renewable energy in South Carolina and across America from the month of April 2018. Contact the Southeast’s leading solar company Southern Current to learn about saving money by powering your home or business with clean, unlimited solar energy.

April News Solar Energy In South Carolina

Post and Courier: South Carolina lake has role in state’s solar future

View of the Fairfield pumped-storage project at Lake Monticello which stores electricity by shuttling water back and forth between a reservoir. Image Credit: High Flyer

There’s an exciting development in the realm of energy storage called pumped hydro, and it’s happening right here at South Carolina’s Lake Monticello. Big energy storage systems have become increasingly important in the utility industry as renewable power like wind and solar have become more prevalent. But because renewable output fluctuates when wind changes and when clouds obscure sunlight, state regulators are making assessments for incorporating unused solar power into Lake Monticello’s storage capacity, which would allow for the lake to function much like a solar battery.

USA Today: Corporations push power companies toward solar and wind

Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple round out the top 4 corporate buyers of renewable energy.

America’s energy generation from renewables is climbing thanks in part to purchases from large corporations like Apple, Budweiser, GM, Google, Microsoft, Target and Walmart. Since 2008, renewable energy has gone from 9% to 18% of the U.S. energy mix. A big part of that shift stems from tech companies’ desire to improve their public image by vowing they’ll run these centers on sources like wind and solar.

The companies are pushing their suppliers to go green, too. Apple, who said last month that 100% of the electricity it uses for facilities and data centers now comes from renewables, says nearly two dozen of its suppliers have also made a commitment to 100% renewable energy.

Wired: Why can’t we fix Puerto Rico’s grid?

An electrician works to restore power lines. Image Credit: JOSE JIMENEZ TIRADO/GETTY IMAGES

Hurricane Maria wiped out the power grid when it crashed into Puerto Rico in late 2017. Fast forward to today, and many homeowners are still living without electricity. But, a handful of nonprofits, solar entrepreneurs, and battery manufacturers are working to rebuild the U.S. territory’s infrastructure. They’re designing rooftop solar panels connected to energy storage systems that are built for resiliency, to withstand another catastrophic  hurricane event.

Learn More About Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top Solar Installers in the Southeast, with specialties in residential solar for homes, commercial solar for businesses, and utility-scale solar farms for property owners and utilities. Schedule a solar consultation today to receive a free analysis of how much money you could be saving with a solar panel installation! Don’t wait – Summer power bills are coming soon!

A Solar Powered College Football Showdown

Tonight’s NCAA football championship will see two SEC powerhouses battle it out for top bragging rights. And while everyone knows it’s going to be a great game, because UGA and Bama both have phenomenal teams this year, you might be surprised to learn about the solar power & sustainability initiatives going on at each school (and the championship venue).

University Of Georgia Bulldogs Saving With Solar In Athens

UGA has committed to purchasing 10 percent of energy from renewable sources and generating 10 percent consumed energy through on-site using renewable sources by 2020. Below is a look at some of their solar power projects currently providing clean energy throughout their campus in Athens.

UGA partnered with Georgia Power to install a 1 megawatt solar array next to the UGA Club Sports Complex on South Milledge Avenue. The project includes ground-mounted solar panels and solar tracking stations that periodically rotate to maximize electricity output.

The College of Environment and Design includes 72 solar panels on its roof, a source of clean, renewable power installed in a cool, modern design.

The rooftop solar power system generates approximately 30,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity over the course of the year. “That’s equivalent to 189 laptops operating all day every day,”according to Kevin Kirsche, director of sustainability at UGA’s Office of Sustainability.

A free-standing solar array with eight solar panels provides power to a farm building and electric vehicle charging station at the UGArden Teaching & Demonstration Farm. The project was designed by a team of UGA Engineering students and installed in 2013 through the UGA Campus Sustainability Grants program.

Projects like these provide research opportunities for students in the UGA College of Engineering, and put cutting-edge renewable energy technology on display for local residents and visiting sports fans alike.

Alabama Crimson Tide Researching Green Technologies In Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama’s Office of Sustainability focuses on the importance of recycling, reducing consumption, and educating others on the importance of sustainability and sustainable solutions.

Solar panels at the University of Alabama’s Sewell-Thomas baseball stadium help power the facility and provide data for UA’s researchers.

A weather station and temperature monitors placed below the solar canopy allow engineering students to study and collect energy production data, giving them the opportunity to see in real time how solar photovoltaic technology works with the integration of lithium-ion batteries.

Visitors to the stadium can also see in real-time how much solar energy is being generated at informational kiosks.

Students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Calhoun Community participated in the 2017 Solar Decathlon, a competition from the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses.

Inspired by the devastating impact of the 2011 tornado super outbreak on the region, the surviv(AL) House was designed as a model for sustainable, resilient housing for severe weather prone communities. The home’s innovative features include a mobile, robotic evaporative cooling system, water monitoring and purification, and of course a rooftop solar power system.

Recommended: View the Southern Current Solar Panel Installation Portfolio to see projects we’ve completed in your area

Mercedes-Benz Stadium Generating Solar Power In Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz Stadium incorporates the latest in sustainable advancements related to design, construction and operations. Over 4,000 solar PV panels are installed on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium site and GWCC campus, with electric vehicle charging stations located in various parking areas.

The solar project includes three separate arrays that are expected to generate approximately 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.  

Solar panels were installed atop the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) Silver Deck, a GWCC surface parking lot at the corner of Gray Street and Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., and above stadium entry gates and administrative/VIP parking.

These solar installations are among the largest and most advanced integrated solar facilities at any American sports venue.

Related Reading: Turn Your Roof Into A Profit Center With Solar Panels

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Solar And Electric Vehicles: Good For The Environment And Your Wallet

So, you installed solar panels on your house to target sustainability and energy savings, but now you are looking for ideas to further decrease your carbon footprint and live an even greener lifestyle…

Have you looked into driving an electric vehicle (EV)?

As the name implies, electric cars run on electricity, and give solar owners the unique ability to produce their own fuel (via sunlight) and drive around without emitting any harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Plus, the cost of ‘filling up your tank’ can be up to 95% cheaper than what you are spending on gasoline (even at $2/gallon)!*

In fact, a Southern Current residential solar customer has a rental property which he uses as a “sustainability model home” and serves as a charging station for other EV owners. When not used by other electric car drivers he charges his Tesla – a premium electric car that has earned top automotive safety and design awards.

A Local Example Of Sustainable Transportation

“It is an airbnb that accommodates guests who drive electric (their own cars). It is called ‘destination charging’ by Tesla. My first guest was visiting from Georgia and driving a Chevy VOLT. Guests charge their cars for free. Gas car drivers are welcome too, but they are on their own buying fuel. I expect it to grow over time as more people are driving electric cars.”- Jonathan W. of Charleston, South Carolina

Southern Current designed and installed a 4.275 kW solar energy system and EV charging station for Jonathan in fall 2015. He shared his enthusiasm about the installation on Facebook:

“First solar electric billing cycle for the Cottage is… <$30! Includes running the house (low occupancy) plus occasional Tesla charging.”

“This billing cycle has only 25 days with solar meter. Even with the sun low in the sky this time of year and some trees casting unwanted shade! 100% net energy from clean-sunshine is within reach!”

Electric Cars Fueled By Solar Energy: PV2EV

PV2EV is a buzz phrase sometimes used by members of the solar and electric car communities which refers to a scenario where solar panels (photovoltaics or “PV”) provide the electricity to recharge an electric vehicle (EV).

The PV2EV combination (or EV + Solar) is a win-win, offsetting not just household electricity, but also fuel expenses. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors has been quoted as saying, “By definition we must move towards renewable energy. How can people argue against that? To argue that is to say that eventually we will run out of energy and die or civilization will collapse.”

A big part of this plan is electric vehicles, which can significantly reduce the amount of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. The mission of Tesla is “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bring compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible.”

Related Reading: The Environmental Benefits Of Going Solar In South Carolina

Will we be seeing a whole lot more of this in the Lowcountry and across South Carolina? EV owners were some of the biggest solar adopters in California while the Solar PV market was developing.

All-electric vehicles have no gasoline engine and run exclusively on the energy stored in the on-board batteries. The Tesla Model S and the Nissan LEAF are examples of highway-capable all-electric cars. The Nissan LEAF has a 24 kWh battery pack which can be fully supported by a 3 kW solar energy system.

A Final Note From Jonathan

“For folks in South Carolina who are thinking about getting solar soon, I can vouch for Southern Current providing good service for my installation. Other homes in the neighborhood nearby have one of their system installs. My experience is one of good & efficient installation service. I like the microinverter system that allows each module to be monitored individually. Pretty cool.”

Learn More About Solar Power In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top solar installers in the Southeast, with specialties  Commercial and Residential as well as Utility-Scale Solar. View the Southern Current Solar Panel Installation Portfolio to see projects we’ve completed in your area, or Contact Us to request information about a solar panel installation for your home, business, or property and see how much you can save!

*A Nissan LEAF requires 24 kWh for a full ‘tank’ which can travel 70-100 miles. Based on $0.12 per kWh this would cost $2.88 to ‘refill’ using an electrical outlet pulling energy from the power grid.

A home solar panel installation allows you to essentially buy power from yourself at a cost of $0.05 per kWh (or less), so refueling a Nissan LEAF with your own solar panels would cost just $1.20. Do yourself a favor and research owning or leasing an electric car the next time you need an automobile (and make sure you power it with solar)!

Report: Solar Industry Employment Grew By 25% In 2016

The Solar Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that exists to increase understanding of solar energy through market research. The folks at the Foundation release an annual report which tracks employment trends of the solar industry, and their latest report looking at 2016 was just released.

Great News! Solar Industry Employment Showed STRONG Growth In 2016!

The latest report found that 260,077 solar workers were employed by the industry in 2016, increasing by 51,000 workers from 2015, or 25% growth!

  • Other findings from the latest solar jobs report:
    • 1 in 50 new US jobs were in the solar industry in 2016!
    • Solar industry employment has nearly tripled since 2010!
    • Over the next 12 months, employers surveyed expect to see employment increase by 10% to 286,335 solar workers!
    • More people are employed by the solar industry than the number of workers at Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook combined!
    • Solar employment growth accounted for over 16% of all electric power generation and fuels employment growth over the course of 2016.
    • Furthermore, solar employment growth was larger than employment growth in oil, natural gas, and coal combined!
    • There are more than double the amount of employees in the solar industry than in the coal industry, and just as many as in the natural gas industry!

Video: Solar Jobs Census 2016

Southern Current Expects To Hire New Solar Workers In 2017

If you have a passion for making the world better and are interested in joining the top solar installer in South Carolina, we encourage you to Contact Us to be added to our notifications lists for future job openings!

Invest In A Clean Energy Future & American Jobs

As you can see from above, an investment in a solar power system at your home or business has a number of benefits. Going solar means you’ll help your wallet (save money on energy costs), help the environment (by using green energy), and support over 260,000 hardworking Americans employed by this INCREDIBLE clean energy sector!