South Carolina hasn’t been known as a solar stronghold but with its new Solarize South Carolina program the state is changing that. It wants to put solar on 2,000 homes within the next 18 months. The program was designed as a partnership between SmartPower, Dividend Solar, Alder Energy Systems and Sunstore Solar with the support of the utility SCE&G.
Solarize programs use the power of group purchasing to buy PV panels and equipment in larger quantities resulting in greater discounts for the homeowners participating. The organizations have partnered with SolarWorld and Enphase to provide PV modules and microinverters. The programs have been used in states across the U.S. from Massachusetts to New York and more.
“The work that is being done by Solarize South Carolina will give SCE&G customers another clean energy option and help to advance solar across the state as intended by the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act that was signed into law last year,” said Danny Kassis, SCE&G VP Customer Relations and Renewables. “SCE&G is already leading the country in reducing coal-fired generation in favor of clean energy. Our support and investment in solar is also an important part of this effort to create a balanced energy portfolio that will serve our customers for the future.”
SmartPower is a national non-profit marketing firm that works to help people’s homes become more energy efficient and to use clean energy. Dividend Solar is a lending partner that offers direct lending to support residential solar installations with $0-down for homeowners. It’s also an investment platform for residential solar. Alder Energy Systems and Sunstore Solar (a Pre-Screened Solar Pro) are the solar installers in the state that will do the installations under the Solarize program.
The first Solarize South Carolina programs are already underway in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston and James Island. The organizations said the program and will be introduced across the state in the coming weeks.
“Communities across the nation are Solarizing at a record pace,” said SmartPower’s Lauren Ellison Fox, Community Outreach Manager for Solarize Charleston. “As a lifelong local resident, it’s incredibly exciting that the Lowcountry is now the first area in South Carolina to bring this award-winning program here.”Tweet