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.

Southern Current Recognized As A Top Solar Company In South Carolina

Coming off the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations, Charleston-based Southern Current is proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World Magazine. Southern Current achieved a rank of 179 out of 500 solar companies!

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets. The list was released on July 25.

“The 2017 Top Solar Contractors list features 500 of the best solar contractors in the United States,” said Kelly Pickerel, managing editor of Solar Power World. “From solar hotbeds on the coasts to the up-and-coming Midwest solar market, every installer adding even the smallest solar array to the grid is making a positive impact on our communities. We’re proud to recognize these companies and their efforts to bring solar power to U.S. homes and businesses.”

The U.S. solar market installed more than 14,700 MW of solar in 2016, nearly doubling the capacity installed in 2015. For the first time ever, solar was ranked as the No. 1 source of new electric generating capacity additions brought online throughout the year. By 2022, more than 18 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity will be installed annually, and Southern Current will continue to be a major player in adding solar to the grid!

Southern Current employs 36 workers, who installed 4,955 kW of solar in 2016. Since its founding, the company has installed 5,844 kW of solar.

About Southern Current

Southern Current is proud to be one of the leading solar companies in South Carolina, with services available throughout the Southeast. Vast experience in the utility-scale, commercial, and residential solar markets makes Southern Current uniquely qualified to help everyone save money and make positive environmental improvements with clean energy solutions. For more information, visit