South Carolina Solar Energy News – December Edition

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

December News Solar Energy In South Carolina

TheTandD: 550 acre solar farm planned near Bowman

Our friends at Cypress Creek Renewables are investing $115 million dollars to build a 75-megawatt solar farm near Bowman! Scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019, the project will generate power from sunlight which will be sold to South Carolina Electric & Gas and to help the utility serve customers during periods of high demand.

Southeast Energy News: Solar industry says $5.6B in Southeast projects threatened by tariff

An industry analysis says as much as $5.6 billion in solar investments and nearly 15,000 jobs in four Southeast states would be at risk if President Trump places tariffs on imported solar panels. The report supports a claim made earlier this month by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who told the U.S. Trade Representative that “any increase in solar panel prices will destroy billions of dollars’ worth of investment and result in thousands of job losses” in the state.

Join us in fighting together to protect the 370,000+ Americans who work in solar by contacting the Trump Administration and voicing your opposition to solar tariffs.

 

PV Magazine USA: SCEG hits solar goal three years early

In December local utility South Carolina Electric & Gas announced they had reached their goal of building 42 MW of utility-scale solar capacity three years ahead of schedule (original timeline called for projects to be commissioned by 2020). The achievement was celebrated on December 5th in conjunction with the commissioning of a new 1.62 MW Otarre Solar Park in Cayce.

A special solar net metering offer is available for SCE&G customers who add solar panels to their homes.

Southern Current Blog: End-of-Year Promo for Going Solar

Southern Current is now offering a special $500 Gift Card for customers who finalize contracts before the end of the year! Going solar offers a lifetime of rewards including lower power bills, higher home value, and numerous environmental benefits.

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.

 

Threat Of Solar Import Tariffs Still Alive

PowerScout, a California-based solar advocacy group, recently interviewed members of the solar industry in locations all across the United States to get a feel for how tariffs on solar imports could affect their industries.

Southern Current’s VP of Development and Strategy, Bret Sowers, was one of the five industry members consulted for the news piece.

Effect of tariffs on the residential solar market

Mr. Sowers commented that solar import tariffs may increase the total system cost by two or three thousand dollars, and that may mean the difference between a customer having the savings to purchase a system. And on another hand, it could also prevent customers opting for finance from being able to meet approval guidelines.

View of 20.7 kW Pelzer, South Carolina residential solar project installed by Southern Current.

“It would disqualify them from getting solar for their house. This wouldn’t be based on something they did wrong or the company did wrong, but by the fact that we have an artificially raised price of panels.” -Bret Sowers, Southern Current’s VP of Development and Strategy

Effect on commercial & utility-scale solar markets

Mr. Sowers also noted that the tariff will affect the ability for utilities to choose solar farms over fossil fuels for power generation.

Atkinson

View of Southern Current’s 6.5 MW Atkinson Solar Farm utility-scale installation in Beulaville, North Carolina.

“In South Carolina, the avoided cost rate for one of the utilities is $34/MWh. Foreign [solar panel] manufacturers were the only ones who could supply the quantity of modules we needed for these projects. If you raise the price up to the 78 cents (per watt) that Suniva is requesting, it would no longer be viable to sign an avoided-cost contract with the utility. They’re not going to purchase that solar power. They’ll say ‘we’re just going to build a combustion turbine because it’s cheaper’. And those utility-scale solar projects will die.”

Feedback from other solar industry members

“SolarWorld is a German company that’s been in and out of bankruptcy since 2010. Suniva is owned by someone offshore also. Even if we did all domestic manufacturing, they might create 500-1000 jobs but they’re going to take away 20,000-30,000 installation jobs. Once we stop installing, there’s going to be no demand for their product and they’re going to lay off their manufacturing employees anyway.” -Kent Harle, Founder of Stellar Solar, a California-based installer

“Potential customers will have second thoughts because of the price or because of the longer return on investment.”  -Ronnie Mandler, CEO of Best Energy Power, a New York-based solar company

“Most customers are looking for the most cost effective panel they can get since these systems are already quite expensive. They are looking to make sure they can get their money back. And I don’t think there’s any question that the tariff will cause a net loss of jobs. There’s a lot more jobs on the installation side than manufacturing. ” -Jack Ailey, CEO/Founder at Ailey Solar in Chicago, Illinois

“If you’re going to do a tariff, it needs to be progressive. If you try to flip it all over to American-made panels, the American manufacturers aren’t going to begin to be able to keep up. This will spike prices and put the industry on a standstill. “ -Samuel Florence, CEO/Founder of Alternatex in Dallas, Texas

Key Takeaways

This solar tariff ruling has yet to be determined, but it is clear from the comments above that most industry members are hoping said tariffs will not be imposed.

Widespread job losses are possible, along with higher costs for all solar users, commercial, residential, and utility-scale.

Join us in fighting together to protect the 370,000+ Americans who work in solar by contacting the Trump Administration and voicing your opposition to solar tariffs.

Click to read the original article on powerscout.com.

About Southern Current

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 – November Edition

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

November News Solar Energy In South Carolina

WSPA Ch7 News: 10,000 jobs to be created with South Carolina solar power project

Some great news for us all – Our friends at Cypress Creek Renewables are investing $1.5 billion dollars to build 2 gigawatts of new solar power capacity in South Carolina! Working in partnership with Greenville Technical College to create a unique solar training program, these upcoming projects will create 10,000 construction jobs and power more than 600,000 homes.

The Post and Courier: Tariffs will hurt solar industry

A bipartisan coalition has formed among solar industry stakeholders including manufacturers, installers, and politicians. The group is speaking out against new tariffs on solar imports which could result in higher costs to the consumer and as many as 80,000 job cuts from domestic manufacturers.

Join us in fighting together to protect the 370,000+ Americans who work in solar by contacting the Trump Administration and voicing your opposition to solar tariffs.

 

NPR: South Carolina Mayors Unite in Their Stance on Climate Change

South Carolina mayors of Charleston, Greenville, Columbia and Anderson have united in the fight against climate change in their cities. A number of pledge for greater sustainability have been made, including increasing the use of solar panels, providing rain barrels to residents and creating a new “green” wastewater treatment facility. “I think we can serve as a model for other cities, particularly other cities in the American South, to show that we can not only make progressive improvements, but smart improvements that can help lead our peer cities across the country, ” said Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia.

 

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.

Voted Charleston’s Best Solar Panel Company!

After 215,000+ votes of 6,000+ businesses, the Lowcountry has “Voiced Its Choice!”

Southern Current was selected as the 2017 Charleston’s Choice Winner for Best Solar Panel Company!

Thank you, Charleston, for voting us the #1 solar company!

About Southern Current

Southern Current is a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets with hundreds of systems currently providing power to customers across the Southeast! Contact Us today for a FREE site evaluation and find out how much you could be saving with solar!

South Carolina Solar Farms

A new cash crop is growing in South Carolina! In addition to rooftops across the state being covered with solar panels, landowners are designating portions of their properties to be blanketed with solar on the ground.

Request a FREE analysis of how much money you could save with solar power at your location!

Here are some of the BIGGEST solar farms in South Carolina

Credit: Commercial Property Executive

Solvay Energy Center

Jasper County, South Carolina

71.4 MW

Announced in April 2017, the Solvay Energy Center is a nearly 900-acre solar farm located in Jasper County. Expected to be completed before the end of 2017, this 71.4 MW project is scheduled to generate clean, renewable energy under a lease agreement with Dominion.

 

Credit: Jeremy Anderson/YouTube

Lexington County Solar Farm Project

3 Locations in Lexington County, South Carolina

30 MW Total

Southern Current developed these projects jointly with Cypress Creek Renewables providing services to identify, acquire, permit, and coordinate the completion of 3 solar farm projects located in Lexington County, each totaling approximately 10 MW in size. Located off Old Charleston Road in Pelion, the $30 million project provides energy to 6,000 customers.

 

Saluda Solar Farm

Saluda County, South Carolina

6.8 MW

Saluda is the largest solar farm in South Carolina on SCE&G’s power grid. Owned by Cypress Creek Renewables and co-developed by Southern Current in Charleston, the 6.8-megawatt Saluda Solar Farm uses 31,000 solar panels and can produce enough energy for 1,400 homes.

Other Notable Solar Farms In South Carolina

Currently under development, Southern Current is working on over 60 MWac worth of solar farms throughout the state!

20 MWac Cameron Solar II in Cameron, South Carolina

20 MWac Estill Solar II in Estill, South Carolina

20 MWac Hampton Solar II in Hampton, South Carolina

 

Furman University Solar Farm

743 kW

Greenville County, South Carolina

Nearly 3,000 solar panels make up the largest solar farm installation on a college campus in South Carolina. Furman University had the project installed in May 2017 to help them reduce power costs as part of their pledge to be carbon neutral. The system can produce as much as 15% of the college’s electricity requirements, according to university spokesman Jeff Redderson, and is expected to pay for itself in energy savings in 8 years.

 

Credit: South Carolina Solar Council

Jerry Zucker Solar Park

North Charleston, South Carolina

500 kW

SCE&G unveiled the first utility-scale solar facility under South Carolina’s Distributed Energy Resource Program Act in a ribbon-cutting ceremony January 21, 2016. The project uses over 2,000 solar modules and will generate over 945 megawatt hours of clean energy each year.

 

Credit: Gregory Electric

Colleton Solar Farm

3 MW

Walterboro, South Carolina

Spanning over 14 acres with more than 10,000 solar panels, the 3 MW Colleton Solar Farm was one of the earliest solar farms installed in South Carolina. Completed back in 2014, it was at the time the largest solar farm in the state. Since then, thanks to decreasing material costs and rising power costs, sizes of installed solar farms have risen tremendously, now commonly exceeding 20 MW (as indicated in the above examples).

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 in Utility-Scale Solar as well as Commercial and Residential. 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 money you can save with solar.