Duke Energy Carolinas is providing another renewable energy option for its South Carolina customers that will let them see real savings in their monthly bills from the output of two new solar facilities in Anderson County.
Following on the successful launch of a nearly identical program last year by Duke Energy Progress, the Shared Solar Program is available to all qualified Duke Energy Carolinas residential and nonresidential customers, including those who hold tax-exempt status, those who rent or live in multifamily housing and those who may not otherwise have access to solar energy.
Customers who subscribe to solar energy through the Shared Solar Program will receive a monthly bill credit for the value of the energy produced by their subscription.
“This program is a great opportunity for any customers who are unable to put a solar facility on their property to access renewable energy,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, state president for Duke Energy in South Carolina. “We estimate that a typical residential customer will be credited more than $200 per year from their Shared Solar subscription. Customers are not only saving on their electric bill, but they are also directly supporting a renewable energy future in South Carolina for generations to come.”
The program is powered by two new facilities in Anderson County-–-a 2-MW facility near Piedmont and a 1-MW facility in Pelzer—developed and owned by Soltage, an independent renewable power provider that develops, finances and operates solar and solar-plus-storage projects across the U.S.
Duke Energy Carolinas serves about 591,000 customers in the Upstate region of South Carolina, including Greenwood, Greenville, Spartanburg, Lancaster and York counties. Duke Energy Progress serves about 169,000 customers in the northeastern part of South Carolina, including Darlington, Florence and Sumter counties.
To enroll in Shared Solar, participants pay an application fee and a one-time charge to reserve their share of the solar plant.
Once accepted, the customer will begin seeing Shared Solar monthly credits based on solar production and a small monthly per-kilowatt subscription fee on their bill to support the operation of the Anderson County solar facilities.
For qualified low-income customers, Duke Energy Carolinas will waive the application cost and initial fees. Customers should contact their local community action agency for assistance determining eligibility.
Space is limited and program reservations will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. To participate in the program, customers must have an active Duke Energy Carolinas account and good payment history.
Growing solar in South Carolina
The Shared Solar Program is a result of a collaborative effort in South Carolina to grow solar generation and give customers choices as to how they live their energy future.
As a result of Act 236—landmark legislation passed by South Carolina’s General Assembly in 2014—Duke Energy and customers have helped make South Carolina one of the country’s greatest success stories for renewable energy. More than 6,000 of the company’s South Carolina customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses. Since 2015, South Carolina has the second most installed residential solar capacity in the Southeast, more than either Georgia or North Carolina.
Act 236 provided a framework for customers to install solar on their homes and businesses through programs like the net metering incentive and rebate offerings. In addition to the net metering incentive, the company has provided more than $50 million in rebates as an extra incentive for customers who wanted to go solar across its South Carolina footprint.
Duke Energy has also proposed Green Source Advantage, a new program to provide large nonresidential customers the option to secure significant amounts of solar or other renewable energy to meet their sustainability or other clean energy goals.
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