Future Solar Panels

New solar materials that are emerging include lightweight foilbased panels, plastic collectors, and hybrid solar electric/solar water heating collectors. The new hybrid systems capture hot air from the solar electric panels and use it to heat water. Except for the hybrid systems, most of the new materials are not available to homeowners at this time.



Silicon Solar Panels

Thin-Film Solar Panels



Types of Solar Electric Systems

Grid-Connected

Grid-Connected with Battery Back-up

Off-Grid or Stand-Alone

Types of Solar Panels

Silicon Solar Panels

Thin-Film Solar Panels

Future Solar Panels

Costs & Incentives
Financing
Incentives
Net Metering
Red Flags for Solar Scams
Choosing a System
Purchasing Solar
Solar Leasing
Community Solar
Installation and Maintenance
Choosing an Installer or Contractor
Questions to ask a solar installer
What should my solar bid include?
How Solar Works
Types of Solar Panels
Types of Solar Electric Systems
Resources
Solar Legislation
Reports and Publications
Training Programs
Solar Related Terms
Local Government Resources
Solar Press

Solar Photos

Office of Regulatory Staff
Energy Office
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Columbia, SC 29201