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.

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South Carolina Solar Energy News – March Edition

The following article contains important news about solar & renewable energy in South Carolina from the month of March 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.

March News Solar Energy In South Carolina

U.S. News: Solar Producers Hope to Shine Light on SC Energy Woes

Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, says his proposal would benefit both South Carolina’s utility customers – who already pay among the highest rates in the nation – and smaller energy producers. If companies like Southern Current can produce power from solar farms more cheaply than building a coal or natural gas power plant, they can then sell cheaper power to a utility, which can then pass the savings on to its customers.

Utility Dive: In the New South, customer demand is showing utilities the dollars and sense in solar

The remarkable transition that utilities in the Southeast are undergoing is a powerful indicator of the profound changes happening in the nation’s power sector. The Southeast had 200 MW of solar capacity in 2012, but led by falling material costs and pro-solar state laws, it had 6 GW at the end of 2017, according to a report released in March by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).

Solar Energy Industries Association: U.S. Solar Market Report for 2017 Install Data

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) annual solar insight report was released in March, showing the U.S. solar industry installed 10.6 GW of new PV capacity in 2017, surpassing 50 GW total and marking back-to-back years of double-digit growth. In 2017, 30% of all new electric generating capacity brought online in the U.S. came from solar, second only to natural gas.

Save Money With Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top Solar Installers in the Southeast. Thanks to the numerous Solar Rebates & Incentives that are currently available, there’s never been a more affordable time to create your own energy! 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 or business and see how much you can save with solar.

South Carolina Solar Energy News – February Edition

The following article contains important news about solar & renewable energy in South Carolina from the month of February 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.

February News Solar Energy In South Carolina

The Sumter Item: Five New Solar Farms Coming To Lee County

Southern Current will develop new solar farms at six rural sites in Lee County over the next five years. Solar panels at each site will absorb energy from the sun, which will then be sold to Duke Energy for electrical use in the greater region.

Southern Current Blog: Solar Industry In South Carolina Now Employs Over 2,800 Workers

Need another reason to support solar power in South Carolina? One word: Jobs. According to the latest Solar Jobs Report from The Solar Foundation, solar industry employment in South Carolina grew by 2% last year, at a time when the national trend of solar employment decreased across the country.

Popular Mechanics: Farmers Might Want to Swap Tobacco Plants for Solar Panels

A new analysis from researches at Michigan Tech found that tobacco farmers could make even more money harvesting sunlight. “We looked at likely trends in all of the major economic factors, but were surprised to find that because the cost of solar has dropped so dramatically it is already economically advantageous for tobacco farmers to replace tobacco with solar in many situations,” said researcher Joshua Pearce. The team also found that switching every tobacco farm in South Carolina to solar would generate 30 gigawatts of power, enough to run the entire state.

Save Money With Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top Solar Installers in the Southeast. Thanks to the numerous Solar Rebates & Incentives that are currently available, there’s never been a more affordable time to create your own energy! 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 or business and see how much you can save with solar.

South Carolina Solar Energy News – January Edition

The following article contains important news about solar & renewable energy in South Carolina from the month of January 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.

January News Solar Energy In South Carolina

PV Magazine USA: Tariffs on imported solar materials approved by U.S. ITC

Panels are the single largest expense in a solar installation and a new 30% tariff will raise prices of the overall system. This tariff could result in a $2,000-$2,500 increase on a typical 10 kW residential installation. Southern Current will continue to work hard to minimize the economic impact of this tariff on our customers. One way Southern Current is achieving this goal is by maintaining our current pricing while we still have a supply of pre-tariff panels in inventory. To learn more please contact us at 843.277.2090

Congressman Mark Sanford visited the Southern Current office in January

Above: Sanford (left) poses with Southern Current’s Stephanie Dohn, Director of Government Relations and Jon Downey, President

“One of the largest economic drivers in rural South Carolina is solar, as developers are investing billions of dollars in new infrastructure, creating millions of dollars in new tax revenue, and providing a diversified source of income that is critical to farmers. South Carolina should be looking to innovative companies like Southern Current who have proven to be competitive in a non-competitive market by providing the lowest cost power to our grid.” -Congressman Mark Sanford

The Post and Courier: Solar companies ask new S.C. Energy Caucus to lift cap on residential solar

Bret Sowers, vice president of development and strategy with Southern Current, asked state lawmakers on a new Energy Caucus to consider solar-friendly legislation.

Solar companies see opportunity as the South Carolina Legislature continues to wrestle with the cancellation of two unfinished nuclear reactors at V.C. Summer station in Fairfield County. A new legislative energy caucus met for the first time in January, and Southern Current’s Bret Sowers asked state lawmakers to repeal a law saying no more than 2 percent of the state’s electricity production can come from solar panels on residential properties.

Southern Current Blog: Employees complete week-long solar safety training

 

Members of the Southern Current solar installation team recently wrapped up a week-long course designed to enhance the care and safety taken on job sites. The program was 100% voluntary, meaning no local, state, or other authorities ordered this training to occur. Learn about the safety training on our Blog.

Save Money With Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top Solar Installers in the Southeast. Thanks to the numerous Solar Rebates & Incentives that are currently available, there’s never been a more affordable time to create your own energy! 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 or business and see how much you can save with solar.

 

Detail of solar panels

South Carolina’s Largest Solar Power Project

The state’s largest solar plant was turned on four days before Christmas, with a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G). 

Jasper County Home To Biggest Solar Install In South Carolina

The 71.4 MW Solvay Solar Energy Facility is a solar project in Jasper County. It’s comprised of 270,599 solar panels and spans nearly 900-acres on a site south of Charleston, South Carolina. 

Solvay Solar Energy Facility South Carolina

Aerial view of the Solvay Solar Energy Facility. Photo Credit @SolvayGroup Twitter

It covers an area equivalent to 500 football (soccer) fields and will provide enough power for 15,000 households – or 164,000 MWh a year. The utility-scale solar install will offset approximately 80,000 tons of CO2 emissions. 

Solvay is an international chemical company with five locations in South Carolina including Charleston, Greenville, Piedmont, Rock Hill and Spartanburg. They will buy the associated renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the solar power plant for the next 15 years.

“South Carolina’s renewable energy sector continues to grow by leaps and bounds, providing energy to our citizens while protecting our beautiful natural resources. This new $100 million investment will make a big difference in the Lowcountry community, and we congratulate Jasper County on this great announcement.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

Save Money With Solar Power In South Carolina

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