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Solar Panels For Your Home: Does It Make Sense In South Carolina?

When most people think about solar panel installations on homes, images of hippies and environmental movements come to mind. While it may be true that California leads the nation for the amount of installed solar capacity, the solar power movement is gaining momentum all across America. So the question that is often asked is, “Does it make sense to add solar to my home in South Carolina?”

Becoming energy independent, saving money, and improving the environment are all common reasons for adding solar panels to a home. The limiting factor that prevents many people from actually going solar at home is cost. But, South Carolina residents are fortunate to have access to some of the lowest cost home solar panel installations in the nation thanks to some awesome local solar incentives and rebate programs. We’re talking solar power installations that pay for themselves in 6 years, followed by 20+ years of maintenance-free clean energy and savings!

Here’s How To Get Solar Panels On Your Home In South Carolina

So the answer to the above question about whether or not it makes sense to power your South Carolina home with solar energy is, “Yes!” But before you get too excited and run to the local home improvement store, there are a few things you should understand about the process of going solar at home.

Step 1: Understand your power bill

How much is your average power bill? $100 dollars? $150? $200? Sure, you can probably rattle off how much money you paid for power last month, but do you know how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) you use in an average month?

Power is measured in watts, and you are charged for the amount of power you use at home in 1,000 watt-hour units. 1,000 watts burned for an hour is the same as 1 kilowatt-hour (1,000Wh = 1 kWh).

It’s important to keep track of not just your power bill in dollars, but the amount of kWh you use each month and throughout the year. Knowing specific kWh figures will help you understand how to correctly size a home solar panel installation, and companies from which you receive solar quotes will ask for these numbers.

Step 2: Know what you’re working with

The next important consideration for determining whether or not you should add solar panels to your home is knowing what space is most suitable for solar, and how much space is available.

Since South Carolina is in the northern hemisphere, the best way for a home solar panel installation to be oriented for year-round energy production is facing due south.

Since you can’t rotate your home to give you a south-facing roof, you may be limited to only certain portions of your roof, but east and west-facing roofs are better than north-facing.

Recommended Reading: Do You Need To Replace Your Roof Before Going Solar?

Sunlight is a solar panel’s best friend, and darkness is an enemy. When determining where on your home your solar panels will be installed, be sure to take into account shading from nearby chimneys, roof vents, and trees. You should also keep in mind that if your roof is not suitable for solar, you can always have panels installed via pole and ground mounts. You can even have a solar canopy or carport designed to shade your deck or automobile from heat!

Step 3: Contact local solar installers

Getting started with a solar consultation is as easy as doing a quick Google search or contacting your local Chamber of Commerce. Solar installers in South Carolina will provide you with a free solar consultation, and many of them will even inspect your home for areas where you can improve your energy efficiency. You should NEVER pay for a solar consultation!

Step 4: Compare quotes

Once you’ve scheduled meetings from your favorite companies, put all of the quotes side by side and give them an honest comparison. Questions to ask yourself are:

What is my total cost or cost per watt ($/W) on each quote?

How much energy (kWh) will each system produce monthly, quarterly, and annually? What does that equate to in financial savings?

What type of equipment is being installed and what is the warranty for each installation?

Which company has the best references, or local customers?

Does the install crew get sub-contracted or are they in-house?

After you’ve compared quotes and selected your preferred solar company, it’s time to get the installation started! Depending on their inventory levels and number of customers scheduled ahead of you, solar companies in South Carolina should be able to get started with powering your home with solar in a couple weeks or a few months.

About Southern Current

Southern Current is proud to be one of the largest solar installers in South Carolina, with customers from the Charleston area up to Columbia and beyond.

Contact Southern Current to learn about $0 Down solar financing options and how you can save instantly on your monthly power costs with a solar panel installation!

South Carolina Solar Energy News – August Edition

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

August News About Solar Energy In South Carolina

Solar Power World: Southern Current Ranks 179 Out Of 500 Top Solar Companies

Solar Power World’s Top Solar Contractors List was released at the end of July, ranking the top solar companies in America based on total installed solar power capacity. Southern Current ranks 179 based on 5.84 megawatts of installed solar through the end of 2016. With numerous utility scale solar farms under development in 2017, and even more residential solar installs, next year’s list could see Southern Current break into the top 100.

Solar Industry Magazine: In Wake Of Nuclear Debacle, SC Voters Want More Solar

 

Solar energy has emerged as a clear favorite for future electricity generation in the minds of South Carolina voters. As the state grapples with a highly publicized debacle after two South Carolina utilities abandoned a nuclear power plant project, a new poll has found residents overwhelmingly support solar as the power generation of choice, likely due to the environmental benefits of solar.

WIS TV: 7-Acre Solar Project Inaugurated In Aiken County

During the second week of August, South Carolina state officials and Governor McMaster met in Aiken County to inaugurate a new solar project in Graniteville. The 7-acre solar farm cost $2 million dollars to create, but can generate up to $30,000 dollars in monthly revenue. With an average solar panel lifespan of 25 years, this project will pay for itself time and again for Aiken County!

The Post and Courier: South Carolina Mayors Working To Address Climate Change

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Greenville Mayor Knox White, Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts, and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg met in August to discuss a plan of attack for preparing their cities for climate change effects like rising tides, flooding, and drainage issues. Benjamin has announced plans to transition Columbia to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, encouraging others to adopt similar plans.

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.