HCS Renewable Energy, LLC, an Austin company that’s developed solar projects in the southeast, is joining the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance (SBA) to help grow solar and create jobs in the Palmetto State. While solar has been taking off around South Carolina in its northern sibling, Georgia and Florida, the Palmetto has an opportunity to start catching up, under leadership of the SBA.
“We are excited about entering the South Carolina market with the projected growth of the US solar market, along with strong regional demand for utility grade solar,” said Ron Nickelson, HCS Renewable president. “Every time you read about a new solar initiative that has recently passed or a new solar project development underway, the next thing that follows is the number—usually hundreds—of local jobs it will bring to the area. That’s where the HCS team thrives. We directly impact the economic growth of these communities and we look forward to hiring construction and skilled trade crews throughout South Carolina.”
Already solar is proving more popular than expected in the state. Last year Duke Energy announced, for instance, that its rebate program in South Carolina had already issued nearly $5 million in rebates to customers and had approved 17.3 megawatts of solar rebates for businesses and 6 megawatts of residential rebates.
The SBA is working to make South Carolina a success story for the solar industry by advocating for legislative and regulatory change in the state that would reduce existing barriers. It also facilitates connections between members, who include solar developers, installers, attorneys, investment bankers, service/maintenance companies, to help grow the industry. Currently, over 50 businesses are members of the organization.
“The expansion of more utility solar projects provides a unique opportunity for alternatives to traditional power sources, thus paving the way for The Palmetto State to catch up with its neighbor to the north,” HCS asserted. The company said it recognized that SBA is helping South Carolina make great strides to move away from coal and explore solar power as a strong alternative. As such, it called joining the group a strategic decision.
Already other players are coming together to expand solar in the state. In addition to SBA, other groups are coming together to push for more solar in the state. Case in point, late last year South Carolina Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (R) led the creation of the Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition (PCSC). A group which is advocating for continuing net-metering in South Carolina while ensuring solar-powered homeowners aren’t taxed at a higher rate.Tweet