Solar Leasing

Leasing allows you to “rent” the renewable energy system for a set period of time. Generally, you pay a fixed monthly rate no matter how much energy the system produces each month. The monthly rate may increase each year. Be sure to read your contract carefully before signing.

Potential Benefits

  • Lower monthly electricity bills
  • No large, upfront financial investment
  • Typically no costs for system operations, monitoring, and maintenance
  • Fixed monthly rate regardless of how much electricity produced - but rate may escalate
  • Generally provide performance guarantees

Solar leasing companies must be certified by the S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS). The ORS maintains a list of certified leasing companies on their website. Ensure your leasing company is certified in South Carolina before entering into a contract.


Related Links & Files
Net Metering
Required Licenses for Solar Installation in South Carolina

Costs & 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
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How Solar Works
Types of Solar Panels
Types of Solar Electric Systems
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Office of Regulatory Staff
Energy Office
1401 Main Street, Suite 800
Columbia, SC 29201