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Residential solar customer testimonial: A journey on Edisto

Southern Current customer has a truly unique story about going solar that began over 30 years ago on a piece of land… 

Catherine and her husband bought 10 acres on Edisto Island back in 1984. They lived on their house boat while they single-handedly cleared the land. They eventually converted the same house boat into their home. Starting out, they didn’t even have air conditioning, heating or plumbing, but Catherine kept thinking about installing solar panels.

“I just always wanted solar panels,” she says.

She received her first quote for the project back in the 1980’s. But, it was just not in the cards at the time, given their budget. As time went on and the cost of solar became more affordable, Catherine found us. After 33 years, Southern Current was able to be part of making Catherine’s dream come true. We were recommended by locals as a trustworthy source that “comes and gets the job done.

At the time her system was installed, Catherine’s husband had fallen ill and was spending most of his time on their porch enjoying the view of his favorite tree. Because she did not want to impede his view, she chose an area in her yard for a ground-mounted solar system that was not ideal for energy production.

But even given some shading, she has found that her bills are a mere fraction of what they used to be. Typically she only pays the utility fee. 

And the financial reward is not even the reason she wanted to go solar. Catherine truly believes in sustainability and renewable energy for the future. Her goal was to leave a legacy for her children that gave back to the Earth.

“The real payoff is what are you doing for the environment”

Catherine believes in doing more than just recycling so that “things go right back to the way they were…it’s a perfect cycle.” After her husband’s passing, Catherine and her children still live on the property. She takes pride in her solar system and sees it as so much more than a financial payoff. 

“It was time. I had waited a long time.”

When you’re ready to go solar, we are here!
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South Carolina Solar Energy News – May Edition

The following article contains important news about solar & renewable energy in South Carolina and across America from the month of May 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.

May News Solar Energy In South Carolina

Post and Courier: The Sun is Rising on South Carolina’s Advanced Energy Economy

Southern Current helped develop the Soluga III Solar Farm utility scale installation in Clarkton, North Carolina. The project uses thousands of PV solar panels across it’s 80-acre footprint to generate clean, renewable electricity.

In 2017 a new solar project was installed every 84 seconds across America, as more and more home and business owners turned to solar to help them reduce their carbon footprints and energy bills. This means a great opportunity for states like South Carolina to capitalize on new energy technologies to grow the state’s economy

CNBC: 10 massive corporations going big on solar power

This Target retail store in Florence, South Carolina has over 48,968 square feet of solar panels blanketing its roof. The 707 kW solar power system installed by Southern Current instantaneously collects the sun’s energy and distributes it for consumption at this store.

American businesses are investing record amounts in solar, with the top corporate users adding 325 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity last year. And the impact of this corporate solar trend is significant: these solar installations produce enough electricity to power 402,000 U.S. homes and offset 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year! Target took the #1 spot by adding over 40 MW of solar to its portfolio in 2017 including a number of rooftops at South Carolina stores (like the one above) installed by Southern Current.

Independent Mail: New Solar Farms Coming To Anderson County

Southern Current plans to lease land from two private landowners for new solar farms to be constructed in Anderson County. One is a $7.6 million 30 acre development near Piedmont. The other is 30 acres near Powdersville for a $2.8 million, 2-megawatt farm. Along with four other farms that are still in the planning stages, these six farms will eventually provide over $77,000 in new tax revenue for Anderson County.

Learn More About Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top Solar Installers in the Southeast, with specialties in residential solar for homes, commercial solar for businesses, and utility-scale solar farms for property owners and utilities. Schedule a solar consultation today to receive a free analysis of how much money you could be saving with a solar panel installation! Don’t wait – Summer power bills are coming soon!

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.

Learn More About Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top Solar Installers in the Southeast, with specialties in residential solar for homes, commercial solar for businesses, and utility-scale solar farms for property owners and utilities. Schedule a solar consultation today to receive a free analysis of how much money you could be saving with a solar panel installation! Don’t wait – Summer power bills are coming soon!

Report: South Carolina Monthly Electricity Costs Rank Highest In America

Here’s some unfortunate news for residents of South Carolina just in time for the hot & sticky summer season: A new report from WalletHub comparing at the cost of energy across all U.S. states shows South Carolinians pay the highest monthly electricity costs!

Calculations were made using data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with South Carolina’s average monthly power bill coming it at a whopping $173 per month.

South Carolina Electricity Costs Highest In U.S.

“Energy costs in America eat between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income, and July & August power bills tend to be the highest of the year thanks to a greater emphasis on air conditioning to offset warmer temperatures. South Carolina’s scorching summer heat raises costs for residents compared with the temperate climate in more energy-expensive Northern California, where heating and cooling units stay idle most of the year.”

Other Southeastern states also ranked on the most expensive list, including Alabama (#2 at $168/month), Florida (#4 at $162/month), Mississippi (#5 at $155/month), and Georgia (#8 at $152/month).

Tips for saving money on energy bills

  • Turn off lights when you leave a room and use LED light bulbs
  • Use energy efficient appliances
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Use a smart thermostat and set comfortable temperatures just before you arrive home
  • Install energy efficient windows and insulation to improve you home’s thermal envelope
  • Look for discounts and refunds offered by your local electric utility

Once the above measures have been incorporated, it is also recommended to produce your own energy using renewable sources like wind & solar power.

Individuals interested in going solar in South Carolina have access to solar rebates and incentives which decrease the overall cost of solar power systems. Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas, South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), Santee Cooper, and other local electric utilities have unique solar rebate & incentive programs which provide additional savings when installing solar power systems. Learn more by reading South Carolina Solar Power Rebates And Incentives.

Save Money On Power Bills With Solar Panels!

Southern Current is proud to be one of the leading solar companies in South Carolina, with services available throughout the Southeast. Contact us TODAY to schedule a FREE consultation, and find out how much you could be saving with solar!

Solar For The Home – How Many Panels Do I Need?

How big of a solar system you need to power your home is a very common and important question. Because every home is unique, the short answer is that it depends, and this is why we encourage people interested in solar to schedule a free consultation to receive a custom solar analysis and quote.

However, we can offer the following points to help you get a better understanding about how solar works and how many panels you might need to offset your electricity costs.

Tips For Sizing A Solar Power System For The Home

The first thing you can do is familiarize yourself with your annual power costs. You’re charged for power based on the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) that are burned in your home each month. Everything that uses electricity costs you money to operate. Larger items like your air conditioner, heater, freezer, and microwave use more power and cost more money than do light bulbs and small appliances.

Tip: Start tracking how many kWh you use each month, and try to reduce this number by turning off lights, buying energy efficient appliances, and making other energy conscious decisions.

Once you have an understanding of how many kWh you burn each day, month, and year, figuring out how many solar panels you need to offset that number (by 25%, in half, or in total) is much easier to calculate, and will also help you better understand the cost savings and payback of going solar.

Tip: For every 4 solar panels installed, expect 100-150 kWh/month solar energy production when installed in a location with full sun.

Solar panels absorb sunlight and convert it to energy that can be used within the home. This is one of the most important points to remember, as a roof that is shaded by tree limbs and heavy foliage will provide little to no benefit for solar panels.

Tip: Install solar on the sunniest location on your property for maximum energy production and savings.

In the Southeastern United States the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The angle of the sun changes with seasons, rising higher in the summer and falling lower in cooler months. Solar panels should be oriented to face the south for maximum sunlight absorption throughout the day and year.

However, you can’t change the direction your roof faces, so for someone without a south-facing roof it’s better to install on east and west-facing roofs than not installing anywhere.

Tip: Don’t install solar panels on the north side of your house. Instead, stick to the south side and use east or west facing roofs if you require additional space.

Modern solar panels that are rated from 250 watts to 330 watts each take up about 3 feet by 5 feet of space, or 15 square feet per panel. They’re installed a few inches above the roof line which allows air to flow between the roof and solar panel to keep things operating cool and efficient.

Tip: If building a new home, place all of your vents, ducts, and pipes on the north-facing side so that you have lots of open space to install solar. 

The bottom line is that even without the ideal or perfect conditions, solar is going to save you a substantial amount of money if you can stick to the above guidelines. Every kWh that is produced by a solar panel is money back in your pocket because its electricity you don’t have to buy from the local power utility.

About Southern Current

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top solar installers in the Southeast, with hundreds of installations across South Carolina. There’s never been a more affordable time to create your own energy! Contact us to request information about a solar panel installation for your home or business and see how much you can save with solar.