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South Carolina Solar Energy News – September Edition

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

September News About Solar Energy In South Carolina

The Post And Courier: Reject Solar Panel Tariffs

Leaders from South Carolina’s booming solar industry are calling on President Trump to reject an International Trade Commission ruling to levy tariffs on imported solar panels. Most solar companies and utilities oppose tariffs because they would kill jobs — most are in sales and installation, not manufacturing — and stifle utility-scale solar farms. An independent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found residential prices would jump 15 percent if tariffs are imposed.

The Times And Democrat: SCE&G Recognized For Solar Programs

South Carolina Electric & Gas was recognized by the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance for leadership and success in developing solar energy programs. SCCEBA cited SCE&G’s overall success with implementing its solar programs in accordance with the state’s Distributed Energy Resource Program Act of 2014 (Act 236) and the utility’s efforts to embrace solar energy as a part of its electric generation portfolio as reasons for the award. A number of incentives, rebates, and solar programs are available from SCE&G, all of which make switching to solar more compelling and financially lucrative.

Fast Company: During Irma’s Power Outages, Houses Kept Lights On With Solar, Batteries

The rise of new home battery storage products like the Tesla Powerwall is changing how robust a solar install can be. Solar systems typically shut down when there is a grid outage, like when Hurricane Irma struck and disrupted power to millions of homeowners in the Southeast. But new advances in battery technologies, and lower costs, are allowing solar users to keep lights and refrigeration on when there is an outage.

The Gazette: Renewable Energy Celebrated At Darlington Raceway

Darlington Raceway’s notorious turn four was painted green to honor the track’s renewable energy effort during a recent race weekend. “We are proud the say that our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Bojangles’ Southern 500 race weekend will be 100 percent powered by green energy thanks to Pee Dee Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper,” said track president Kerry Tharp. “Darlington Raceway takes great pride in being a facility that is powered by green energy.” The track is powered from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind and methane gas emitted from landfills under a green power production program offered by Santee Cooper.  A special solar incentive for homeowners is also offered by Santee Cooper to encourage its customers to go green.

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 South Carolina 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 Power Rebates And Incentives

In addition to decreasing solar costs, individuals interested in going solar in South Carolina have the opportunity to take advantage of some remarkable solar rebates and incentives which decrease the overall cost of installing a solar power system.

30% Federal Solar Power Tax Credit

The US federal government offers a tax credit to both home and business owners who install solar power. A tax credit worth 30% of the total system cost and installation is available. If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward to the succeeding taxable year.

25% South Carolina Solar Power Tax Credit

The state of South Carolina offers an additional tax credit for home and business owners who go solar. The South Carolina solar tax credit is worth 25% of the total cost including installation. The maximum incentive for the SC state tax credit is $3,500, or 50% of taxpayer’s tax liability for that taxable year, whichever is less. This credit has no expiration date and any excess credit may be carried forward up to 10 years.

Electric Utility Solar Power Rebates & Incentive Programs

Many utilities in South Carolina offer additional solar rebate programs that provide an extra incentive for going solar. Speak with a Southern Current representative for more details on the specific programs available in your area. Contact Us today!