This month former South Carolina Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (R) announced the creation of the Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition (PCSC), a new organization aimed at promoting energy independence in the state using free market principles and solar energy. Among other things, the organization is supporting net-metering and residential solar leasing.
Through the coalition, Barrett, who launched the coalition with solar company Sunrun, wants to advocate for continuing net-metering in the state and ensuring homeowners with solar are not taxed at a higher rate. The work will build on the energy policy that South Carolina’s Legislature unanimously passed and Governor Nikki Haley (R) signed into law in 2014, which, PCSC recognized, created hundreds of jobs in one year.
Since the law went into effect and utilities have begun offering residential incentive programs, they’ve grown quickly. For instance, Duke Energy’s South Carolina solar rebate program has proven popular since launching in October 2015. It’s issued nearly $5 million in rebates to residential customers that went solar, supporting 6 megawatts of home solar. The coalition wants that progress to continue.
“America should be free from the reigns of countries that oppose what America stands for and as an American and as a conservative, I believe in using new technology and an ‘all the above’ approach to accomplish energy independence. Here in South Carolina, we are using solar energy as a tool to help accomplish this goal,” Barrett wrote in an opinion piece in Greenville Online. “Our state needs to continue to lead on this issue and push for the removal of any barriers that prevent solar businesses from growing here in South Carolina,” Barrett added in the piece.
“When you factor in all of the positive advances, South Carolina has quickly become the second-highest-ranking state in the country for solar job growth. We look forward to reaching out and speaking with others who care about lowering power bills, achieving energy independence, creating more jobs and preserving God’s greatest natural gifts for future South Carolina families. Now is the time for us to act,” Berrett wrote.Tweet