South Carolina residents and others will have a chance to go solar without putting it on their roofs, thanks to a new 16 megawatt portfolio of community solar projects being built by Clean Energy Collective (CEC) for SCE&G customers. The first two of three solar power projects CEC is developing will come online by the end of 2017.
It’s the largest community solar offering in the state thus far, according to CEC, and will allow residential customers, schools, churches and municipalities to go solar without putting solar panels on their roofs. The customers can sign up for CEC’s RooflessSolar program to offset their use of electricity from other sources and get credited on their monthly bill for the power their solar panels in the community solar farm produce.
“We often hear from customers who desire the cost savings and environmental benefits of solar energy, so we’re really proud to bring those advantages to even more customers,” said Danny Kassis, vice president of customer service and renewables for SCE&G. “For some customers, this program creates a pathway to solar energy where there wasn’t one before.”
SCE&G will use CEC’s Community Solar Platform to enroll customers in the program and to provide monitoring and production tracking services. The solar farms will use tracker systems to produce as much energy as possible, up to 20 percent more than traditional fixed or rooftop solar systems.
“One of the largest utility-sponsored programs in the country, SCE&G’s Community Solar Program demonstrates SCE&G’s commitment to providing customers a choice in how they meet their power needs, and the growing renewable energy movement in South Carolina,” said Paul Spencer, chief executive officer of CEC. “We are proud to be working with SCE&G to bring community solar to South Carolina on a large scale.”
South Carolina isn’t known for being a big state fro solar, but it’s been catching up. SCE&G is adding in 42 megawatts each of distributed solar and utility-scale solar by 2020. Already it’s connected the solar rooftops of 4,000 of its customers to the grid. The utility said it was involved in helping craft the 2014 South Carolina Distributed Energy Resource Program Act, which created net metering rules, introduced distributed energy programs and allowed customers access to solar leasing options.Tweet