Think Energy SC

This blog is maintained by the Coastal Conservation League's Energy & Climate office to inform South Carolina’s citizens about complex issues related to energy policy in our state.

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Texas Leads On Renewable Energy Development

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Traditionally known as an oil and gas state, Texas has transformed itself into a leader in renewable energy. With new transmission investments in the works, electricity production from wind is set to double over the coming years.
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Solar Leasing Shaking Up US Energy Scene

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Solar leasing has exploded onto the U.S. energy scene and is expected to grow the residential solar market from $1.3 billion in 2012 to $5.7 billion in 2016. This financing model is currently illegal in SC, but new state legislation (H.3425) could change that this year.
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Electricity Takes Center Stage At Super Bowl?

Monday, February 11, 2013

What’s the lesson from 2013’s Super Bowl black out? The country needs a smarter grid.
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Clean Energy Tech Could Meet Nation's Needs

Monday, February 11, 2013

Energy efficiency, solar and wind are rapidly changing the energy landscape across the country. Although further advances are sure to come, current clean energy technologies are already capable of meeting a large portion of our nation’s energy needs.
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SC Company Finances 3rd Party Solar Installations In Other States

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bosch, which has operations in SC, has made $100 million available for the financing of new commercial and residential solar installations. It is unlikely that these projects will occur in our state due to current policy barriers that continue to limit access to solar technologies by businesses and homeowners.
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Duke Unveils Simple, Effective Energy Storage System

Monday, February 4, 2013

Duke Energy has built an astounding 36 megawatt energy storage and management facility in Texas to normalize the energy output coming from surrounding wind turbines. Undoubtedly, the future of affordable, reliable, non-polluting energy is unfurling before our eyes.
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SC Lacking Serious Solar Development

Monday, February 4, 2013

South Carolina (#31 nationally) has fallen far behind neighboring states like North Carolina (#11 nationally) in solar deployment.
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GA and NC Advocate for Third Party Financing

Monday, February 4, 2013

North Carolina and Georgia are also considering legislation that removes barriers to third party energy sales. Support continues to grow for individual utility customers seeking to generate their own electricity, regardless of how they choose to finance their systems.
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VW Goes Solar Using Third Party Sales

Monday, February 4, 2013

In states like Tennessee, the third party sales model for financing and deploying solar is working for manufacturing plants like the new Volkswagen automotive facility in Chattanooga. The 9.5 megawatt system is Tennessee’s largest, and more than twice the installed capacity of all solar systems in South Carolina combined.
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Third Party Sales Petition Gaining Momentum

Monday, February 4, 2013

Columbia’s Wiley Cooper, a retired reverend, has created quite a buzz with an online petition in support of third party energy sales for distributed energy systems like solar power.
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