Solar Legislation

The passage of the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act (Act 236) in 2014 ushered in a new era of solar leasing in South Carolina, and solar installations have grown exponentially since that time. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of solar installations has grown by more than 9,000, or just over 1,600 percent. This growth represents a capacity increase of 173 MW AC, or 4,700 percent.

In addition to authorizing solar leasing, Act 236 established the operating guidelines for net energy metering and provided regulated utilities with a means for cost recovery via incentives for renewable energy procurement. The latter incentivizes utilities to procure electricity from utility-scale solar installations and to develop programs to increase the adoption of consumer-scale solar installations.

Legislation is currently pending in the SC State House pertaining to the renewable energy property tax and Commercial Property Accessed Clean Energy (C-PACE). Many have been introduced this session. A few that may be of interest are H 4421, H 4431, and H 4448. Additional pending legislation can be found on the Energy Office website. Click on “Active Legislation” in the top menu bar.


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