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SC Utilities Defend Solar Practices

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

South Carolina currently generates less than 1% of its electricity from solar energy. In contrast, North Carolina has a state law requiring its utilities to generate 12.5% of the state’s electricity from solar and other renewables by 2021, but SC power companies say we are moving in the right direction. This article examines the state of solar in SC, and the ways in which our utilities promote renewable technologies. Read More

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Solar Frees Upstate Family From Power Grid

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The State’s Sammy Fretwell examines the life of a South Carolina couple who have found a way to become completely independent from their electric utility. They rely almost exclusively on solar for their electricity needs, and a bank of batteries makes that power available even when the sun doesn’t shine. Surprisingly, they still enjoy the use of typical modern appliances. Read More

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Retired Columbia Minister Crusades for Solar Power

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wiley Cooper, a retired minister, wants churches and others in South Carolina to be able to take advantage of low-cost solar leasing. Currently, state law does not allow a solar finance company to lease you panels and be paid back through the sale of electricity. Read More

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Why Solar Power Rarely Shines in SC

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The State’s Sammy Fretwell examines a multitude of barriers which have kept solar from becoming much of a player in South Carolina – despite an abundance of sunshine. Read More

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Retired Reverend Wants Solar Leasing For SC

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Reverend Wiley Cooper of Columbia’s Washington Street United Methodist Church has started a petition seeking the legalization of solar leasing in South Carolina. Read More

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Solar Leasing a Saving Grace for Churches

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Churches across the country are reducing their electric bills by installing solar systems. Innovative financing models, like solar leasing, allow these non-profits to take advantage of solar energy without having to shoulder large upfront costs. Read More

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Georgia Power Seeks PSC Approval for 210MW of Solar

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Amid a flurry of solar news coming out of Georgia, the Southern Company’s Georgia Power has asked regulators to approve the purchase of 210 megawatts of new solar capacity. If a South Carolina utility made a similar request, it would transform our state’s solar industry. Read More

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Solar Company Seeks Utility Status in Georgia

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A start-up in Georgia wants to compete as a utility against Georgia Power. The company says it will develop hundreds of megawatts of solar power, and lower electricity rates by rebating profits to customers. But first, Georgia’s legislature would have to loosen restrictions on competition in electricity markets. Read More

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How to Finance Solar Projects

Monday, September 17, 2012

Here is a clear explanation of some creative ways other states are inexpensively financing solar projects. Read More

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First Solar's Business Plan

Monday, September 17, 2012

First Solar stays ahead of Chinese companies with a vertically integrated business plan which helps utilities predict uneven power flows from solar. Read More

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