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Southern Current donates solar to Sapelo Island Library

The Gullah-Geechee community of Sapelo Island celebrated a new solar installation on their local library this Saturday. Over a year in the making, the project began when PSC Commissioner Vice Chairman Tim Echols challenged the Georgia Large Scale Solar Association to lead a plan that would add solar power to the library. Association Chairman Ryan Sanders and other officials jumped to work to make this solar pavilion a reality and partnered with our team at Southern Current DG. 

Southern Current donated the solar modules, electrical equipment, and labor of three installers who hand dug a trench and installed the system. To complete the project, our team worked alongside Yellawood, who donated the material for the pavilion, and EDF Renewables, who donated the construction costs. The solar system is 4.8 kW and will be used to offset the energy usage of the library for the next 30 years. 

This project is evidence of the area’s dedication to renewable energy and the island’s sustainability. 

“We are excited for what this project means for the local community,” says Jason Epstein, CEO of Southern Current, “It’s truly impressive to see the forethought that was put into the commitment to solar as a viable option for the future.” 

The Hog Hammock Public Library is considered the heart of Sapelo Island and serves its residents of around 40 residents and visitors. Hog Hammock is one of the last remaining Gullah-Geechee communities whose residents trace their island ancestry back to the plantation of the late 1700’s. Sapelo Island can only be accessed via ferry. The Southern Current installers got their Georgia fishing licenses before going out for the weekend to complete the work so they could get the true island experience. 

This Saturday, August 24, the project was unveiled with a ribbon cutting. State legislators, Rep. Al Williams, Rep. Jeff Jones and Rep. Carl Wayne Gilliard were scheduled to be present at the unveiling. 

Press Release: Congressman Joe Wilson to visit local solar farm

Steffanie Dohn, Director of Government Relations for Southern Current LLC with Congressman J. Wilson

By Clean Energy Conservatives  South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Giff Carpenter

giff@cce-sc.org
(843) 861-9813

Congressman Joe Wilson to visit local solar farm

(Swansea, S.C.) – On Friday, August 23rd, Conservatives for Clean Energy South Carolina (CCE SC) and the Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition (PCSC) will host Congressman Joe Wilson at a solar farm developed by Cypress Creek Renewables in partnership with land owner Wannelle Witt Lefkowitz. This cutting-edge facility is just outside of the town of Swansea and within 20 miles of Columbia.

Solar energy leaders and environmental policy experts will join Congressman Wilson to discuss issues surrounding clean energy and the economic impact of the recently passed South Carolina Energy Freedom Act. As background, recent polling shows that most South Carolinians favor having more renewable energy choices and free market competition to reduce electricity costs.

When:
9:00 AM
Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Where:
Gaston Solar Farm
George Derrick Road off of Hwy 321
Swansea, SC 29160

Due to safety requirements, an RSVP is required for any person attending this event. Please RSVP or send questions to Giff Carpenter at giff@cce-sc.org or (843) 861-9813.

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Bret Sowers, VP of Development Strategy with Southern Current LLC with Congressman J. Wilson

NOTE: The Gaston Solar Farm was developed by Southern Current LLC

Financing residential solar: what are my options?

Today, people are choosing solar for their homes at a rapidly growing rate and the opportunity to finance a solar project is better than ever before. Financing a solar panel system for your home is not a one-size-fits-all approach. There are multiple good options for payment plans that can be structured to fit your needs. You might find that most solar companies don’t discuss how financing might affect the total cost. But at Southern Current, we are all about empowering through education. Your options depend on your access to capital and how convenient you want your financing to be.

For customers who do not want to or are unable to purchase solar panels with cash, there are $0 down payment plans that offer immediate returns on electric bills even as they are being repaid. With nothing out of pocket, you can reap the rewards of going solar – which is the only home renovation that pays you back immediately.

There are two $0 down payment plan choices:

  • Solar Loans: tailored to the customer and have structured financing with low monthly payments.
  • Bank Loans: such as Home Equity Lines of Credit or HELOC, are the ideal option for lowest fees and interest rates.

All loans offer no money down and no hidden contract terms which allow you to finance the total amount of the system with the same basic conditions as other home improvement loans. Additionally, these payment plans can be used at the time of building a new house or even rolled into a new mortgage. One of our solar experts can help you decide which is the best fit for you. Every form of financing includes a 10 year workmanship warranty and allows you to own your system and the tax credits.

We all know that if you are mortgaging a home or building a new home, remodeling can get expensive. But why add additional costs when you don’t have to? Solar isn’t like a kitchen rehab that won’t ever truly pay off. One assumption when you buy a home, is that you are automatically going to be paying for power with a utility company from day one. But why rent your power? It never goes away. It’s like taking a mortgage with a higher interest rate by choice simply by defaulting to the power company for electricity.

Data from EnergySage.com

Electricity rates are constantly rising.  Solar fixes these costs and then pays off with very minimum maintenance.

Solar is an investment that is worth it in the end – because the risk and exposure is twice as bad if you don’t go solar.

Also, if you are wondering what happens when you sell your home – read more here.