Well here we are. The dust has settled a bit on the latest legislative round in the South Carolina political arena and what is left is not the best for potential solar customers. If you remember, Act 236 passed a couple of years back and gave solar shoppers in SC incredible rebates, net metering for energy produced and gave major utility companies Duke Energy and SCE&G a mandate. The mandate from the state Public Service Commission said the utilities must subscribe at least 2% of their customers to solar net metering. Which brings us to today...
Reportedly Duke Energy has reached this 2% net metered goal and they are not planning on opening up more capacity, at least not for now anyway. SCE&G are projected to reach this milestone in early 2019. Repeated legislative attempts were blocked during this session that were aimed at extending the net metering cap to 4% and allowing SC residents to continue to produce all of the power they need (you can read more about the legislative session here). No legislative solution was reached when dealing with net metering rules and we are left in unknown territory as far as what will happen next. The legislation will meet again early in 2019 and the next round of energy metering policy can be discussed, possibly agreed upon and given approval by the Public Service Commission. This will take action by elected officials, unless Duke and SCE&G open capacity up on their own, which they are capable of doing and is not out of the realm of possibilities.
What does that mean for potential solar customers in Greenville, Spartanburg and the Upstate? If you are a Duke Energy customer it means get your applications for solar in ASAP. For the next week to 10 days Duke Energy is counting their projects in line for interconnection and are allowing installers to submit paperwork for net metering until the final count is released. After that? As I said, we are not entirely sure. Solar will not disappear in our area, that we do know. If Duke does not allow net metering Sunstore will adjust and so will our clients, the technology is there. Like any technology that shakes the status quo, there will be ups and downs. That’s why our owner of 40 years, Bruce Wood, calls it the Solar Coater! Give us a call with your questions and if want your application to sneak in under the deadline, call us for that too.
Family Owned & Operated
Backed by 40+ Years of Solar Experience
Licensed & Certified Technicians
Free In-Person Estimates
Minimum 10-Year Warranty on Labor & Materials
Loan Options Available for Customers
To deliver excellent customer service while providing our communities with safe, reliable and affordable solar energy solutions.