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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