Earlier this week Duke Energy announced plans to expand its Green Source Advantage program for its large commercial and industrial customers in South Carolina. Under the new proposal it would install 150 megawatts (MWs) of solar power, allowing those customers to purchase all or part of their electricity from renewable energy.
"We've received significant interest from our large commercial and industrial customers in offering programs that help them meet their sustainability goals," explained Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina president. "The Green Source Advantage program will leverage renewable energy options to do just that.”
Under the proposal Duke energy would reserve the 150 MWs of solar projects for large customers through the Green Source Advantage program. Under the program commercial customers would receive bill credits for energy produced by a solar project. In addition they’ll also receive renewable energy credits from the projects.
The proposal must first be approved by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) before Duke Energy offer it to its customers. If approved it will be offered under two of Duke’s service areas. The majority, 113 MWs of capacity will serve customers of Duke Energy while 37 MWs of capacity will serve its Duke Energy Progress customers in the Pee Dee region.
In South Carolina Duke Energy has built on its efforts to grow renewable energy in the state following the passage of Act 236 in 2014. The act helped the state quickly grow its solar resources, including introducing net metering and community solar in the state. The utility said it has invested $50 million in rebates win the state already.
Still, the spread of solar power in the state has hit road bumps. For instance, Duke’s net-metering program was so popular it reached 2 percent of Duke’s capacity in South Carolina earlier this year, its cap. Now the utility has filed with the PSCSC to expand the net metering program.Tweet