Reports and Publications

Consumer Guide to Solar for the SC Homeowner
Each year, consumers ask the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office and their utilities numerous questions about energy efficiency and solar electricity. This guide is intended to help educate consumers about the many factors to consider before, during, and after installing solar panels on their homes. It is not meant to be a technical resource on how to design or install a system. Homeowners will need to consult with an experienced solar contractor to determine the best system for their property and their home’s energy needs; the guide provides resources to assist in the selection process. The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office and participating utilities do not endorse any products or service providers.

Office of Regulatory Staff
2018 Cumulative SC PV Installations & Capacity
Status Report on Distributed Energy Resource and New Energy Metering
ORS Report on the Lease of Renewable Electric Generation Facilities

Savannah River National Lab
2016 End of Year South Carolina PV Soft Cost and Workforce Development
2015 South Carolina PV Soft Cost and Workforce Development Part I:
2015 South Carolina PV Soft Cost and Workforce Development Part 2: Six Month Confirmation of Anticipated Job Growth
Frequently Asked Questions for SC Residents on Solar Energy

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Selling Into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes
Leasing Into the Sun A Mixed Method Analysis of Transactions of Homes with Third Party Owned Solar
Tracking the Sun 10: The Installed Price of Residential and Non-Residential Photovoltaic Systems in the United States
Utility-Scale Solar 2016: An Empirical Analysis of Project Cost, Performance, and Pricing Trends in the United States
Income Trends of Residential PV Adopters: An analysis of household-level income estimates

US Department of Energy
US DOE Revolution…Now The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update
Farmer's Guide to Going Solar

Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)
Consumer Protection for Community Solar
Solar Information for Consumers
Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs
Standards and Regulations for Solar Equipment, Installation, and Licensing & Certification

Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Solar in the Southeast: 2017 Annual Report

Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. Solar Water Heating Study

Solar Power for Your Home: A Consumer’s Guide, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 2015

Solar Workshop for Local Governments

A Resilient Power Capital Scan: How Foundations Could Use Grants and Investments to Advance Solar and Storage in Low-Income Communities

Best Practices in Photovoltaic System Operations and Maintenance 2nd Edition

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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
What should my solar bid include?
How Solar Works
Types of Solar Panels
Types of Solar Electric Systems
Solar Legislation
Reports and Publications
Training Programs
Solar Related Terms
Local Government Resources
Solar Press

Solar Photos

Office of Regulatory Staff
Energy Office
1401 Main Street, Suite 800
Columbia, SC 29201