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Fast Facts: South Carolina’s New Distributed Energy Resource Program

Posted by Michael Wright


Empower Energies Facts about South Carolina New Solar Energy Program

Have you heard about South Carolina’s Distributed Energy Resource Program (DERP)? This new law enables you to add on-site solar power generation without capital expenditure because it allows Third-Party Financing across the state for the first time ever. This makes it possible for you to significantly reduce your organization’s energy spend, with an immediate bottom line impact that can last for decades. This blog and its downloadable Fact Sheet give you the background on this breakthrough legislation, the mechanics of Net Metering, the involvement of Duke Energy and SCEG, and the five things you should know about this brand new program and how it can benefit your organization.

South Carolina’s New Law Allows You to Reduce Energy Costs with PV Solar.

The Distributed Energy Resource Program Expands Opportunities for On-Site Solar Power by Enabling Third-Party Financing Across the State for the First Time Ever.

This new program gives organizations like yours the freedom to third-party finance solar projects using a lease structure, and guarantees net-metering for all energy produced by the system.

That means you now have the option to get your power from somewhere other than the grid, and in most cases that power is cheaper in South Carolina.

Five Things to Know about South Carolina’s Distributed Energy Resrouce (DERP) Program:

  1. The Public Service Commission approved the net-metering tariffs for all three investor-owned utilities in South Carolina: Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, and South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCEG). This was the last step required before solar leasing could begin statewide. This makes a program viable.
  2. The utilities announced their individual programs on August 12, 2015. This gives you access to savings.
  3. Commercial utility customers that install solar arrays before 2021 will receive retail credit for any excess power that flows back onto the electric grid and will be eligible to remain on that rate until December 31, 2025 without and solar-specific charges or fees. This locks in your savings long-term.
  4. Commercial organizations can lease solar installations on their properties from independent solar companies and reduce their energy costs immediately (though Power Purchase Agreements are not permitted in South Carolina). This is the tool that makes your savings possible.
  5. The system size limit for a commercial customer is 1,000 kWDC. A system size cannot exceed 100% of a customer’s contracted demand. This system size means your savings can be significant.

How Net Metering Works to Exchange Energy with your Utility and Saves You Money

Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the electrical grid, increasing their potential savings.

Empower Energies Net Metering for the New South Carolina Solar Energy Program

For example: If a commercial customer has a PV system on the facility’s rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the facility uses during daylight hours. If the facility is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods where the facility’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output. Customers are only billed for their “net” energy use.

Source: SEIA

Now is the time to apply for this brand new program! Ask Empower Energies how to go about it. Contact Empower by clicking here


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