South Carolina Solar Rebates And Incentives

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South Carolina Rebates and Incentives Summary

South CarolinaAlthough South Carolina does offer some seemingly good incentives on paper, not enough renewable producers are able to fully take advantage of the few available incentives that can make or break green industry, primarily due to the lack of standards and legitimate regulation.

Utilizing the federal tax credits for solar and small scale hydropower installations is the leading way environmentally conscious power consumers are making good on their green investment. Also, buying into the non-profit Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) program is giving renewable producers a reason to rejoice, but consequently is taking away from the South Carolina Public Service Commission’s (PSC) mandated net-metering program, because of the vagueness of realistic incentives and benefits that investor owned utilities (IOU) are required to offer.

Without any kind of Renewable Energy Standard (RES) South Carolina has left themselves at a disadvantage to make their claim in the green revolution taking place across the nation. As compared to neighboring states, and the example of the nation’s leader in renewable industry, California, a RES may at first be controversial, but after a few years could be South Carolina’s golden ticket to a championship caliber green economy and busy local solar installers.

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Aiken Electric Cooperative Inc - Residential Water Heater Rebate Program

Summary

Aiken Electric Cooperative offers residential members rebates for installing high-efficiency electric water heaters and/or timers in their homes. Customers have four rebate options: 

  1. A member may choose a free, new high-efficiency 50-gallon or 80-gallon electric water heater from AEC without a timer and pay a $200 installation fee. You can either pay the installation fee up front or take up to 36 months to pay by having a monthly payment amount added to your electric bill. A 9.9% interest rate will apply.
  2. A member may choose a free, new high-efficiency 50-gallon or 80-gallon electric water

Association of South Carolina Energy Managers - Energy Manager Programs

Summary
The ASCEM offers both an Accredited Commercial Energy Manager and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) programs. The Accredited Commercial Energy Manager program provides energy managers with a thorough overview of the many factors that affect commercial energy consumption as well as a foundation for identifying energy-saving investment opportunities. The CEM program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in the energy management profession.

Berkeley Electric Cooperative - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Berkeley Electric Cooperative (BEC) offers several rebates to residential customers for energy efficiency upgrades. The H2O Advantage Water Heater Rebate Program offers a rebate of up to $400 for energy efficient electric water heaters with a load management switch. BEC must inspect the water heater and install the load management switch prior to awarding the rebate. A rebate of $500 is also available to customers who purchase and install a dual fuel heating system.

Berkley Electric Cooperative also provides residential rebates for geothermal heat pumps through the Earth Connect Program.

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative - Residential Water Heater Rebate

Summary

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative offers up to $300 for the purchase of an electric water heater. The rebate amount varies based on the size of the water heater purchased.

  • Only one rebate per home
  • Eligible for new spec home construction; rebate will be paid to the builder
  • A conversion bonus is available for any homeowner that converts from gas heat to electric
  • Mobile home owners must own the land on which the home resides and it must be attached to a permanent foundation.
  • Tankless water heaters do not qualify for this rebate


Building Energy Code

Summary

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

Prior to 1997, South Carolina's local governments adopted and enforced the building codes. In 1997, the law required statewide use of the most up-to-date building codes, which then required the adoption and enforcement of the 1995 MEC (Model Energy Code). The MEC has since been published as the International Energy

City of Charleston - CharlestonWISE Program

Summary

CharlestonWISE is an energy efficiency program for homeowners within the City of Charleston. The program offers rebates on completed home performance improvements for qualified residential customers on top of rebates available from local utility companies. Home performance improvements must be performed by a participating contractor.

CharlestonWISE is supported by partnerships with the City of Charleston, Abundant Power, and the Sustainability Institute.

This program is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Program. The DOE has awarded over $500 million in federal

ConserFund Loan Program

Summary

The South Carolina Energy Office offers the ConserFund Loan Program to fund energy efficiency improvements in state agencies, local governments, public colleges and universities, school districts and private non-profit organizations. The ConserFund Loan Program will fund a variety of efficiency improvements, but priority is given to projects that have a fast energy savings payback. Generally, ConserFund loans are to be used on retrofits of existing buildings. However, ConserFund may be used to finance energy recovery systems, ground source heat pumps, biomass, solar, and other renewable

Distributed Energy Resource Program

Summary

Note: A series of orders issued on July 15, 2015 in  Docket 2015-53-E, Docket 2015-54-E, and Docket 2015-55-E approved the incentive programs for South Carolina's Distributed Energy Resource Program. All incentives are retroactive to January 1, 2015.

In June of 2014 S.B. 1189 mandated the creation of a voluntary Distributed Energy Resource Program and mandated that the Public Service Commission develop new accompanying net metering rules. The legislation allows participating utilities to recover costs connected to meeting a 2021 target of 2% aggregate generation capacity from renewable energy

Duke Energy Carolinas (Electric) - Energy Star Homes Rate Discount Program

Summary

Duke Energy Carolinas encourages residential customers to buy energy-efficient homes through the utility's Energy Star Homes Program, which awards a rate discount to customers living in Energy Star homes. To earn the Energy Star label, homes are tested by a third-party inspector to ensure they meet the U.S. Department of Energy's criteria. Generally speaking, a home must be at least 30% more efficient than the national Model Energy Code for homes or 15% more efficient than the state energy code, whichever is more rigorous. The home test is the responsibility of the customer and/or the builder

Duke Energy Carolinas Customer Scale Rebate Program

Summary

Duke Energy Carolinas' Customer Scale Solar Rebate Program, a part of Duke Energy's voluntary Distributed Energy Resource Program,  was approved by an order issued on July 15, 2015.

Program Details

Duke Energy Carolinas will offer a rebate of $1.00 per DC watt for residential customers and nonresidential customers. Rebates are limited to 40 megawatts (MW), with 30 MW for distributed systems under 2 MW and 10 MW for systems under 20 kilowatts (kW). At the customer's discretion, the rebate may be claimed by the customer or applied to companies installing or leasing systems.

For each successive

Duke Energy Progress - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Progress Energy provides incentives for residential customers to increase home energy efficiency. Rebates are provided for certain heating and cooling products, duct sealing and repairs, air sealing and upgraded insulation.. To qualify, the equipment must meet the efficiency requirements outlined on the program web site and the home must be at least one year old. Customers also must use a contractor approved by Progress Energy to participate in the program. Customers must submit an application form, including equipment cut sheets and original contractor invoice, within 90 days of completion of

Duke Energy Progress - Residential New Construction Rebate Program

Summary

Progress Energy's residential new construction program provides cash incentives of up to $4,000 to builders and developers who build new energy-efficient homes and multi-family residences that meet program requirements specified on the program web site. Equipment rebates are available for heat pump water haeters and high efficiency HVAC equipment. Separately, builders can receive rebates for new homes built to meet or exceed the High Efficiency Residential Option (HERO) code, which is an optional part  of North Carolina's 2012 Energy Conservation Code. See the web site above for complete

Duke Energy Progress Customer Scale Solar Rebate Program

Summary

Duke Energy Progress' Solar Rebate Program, a part of Duke Energy's voluntary Distributed Energy Resource Program, was approved by an order issued on July 15, 2015.

Program Details

Duke Energy Progress offers a rebate of $1.00 per DC watt for residential customers and nonresidential customers. The utility will award rebates for up to 3,250 kW-AC of systems 20 kW or less, and 9,750 kW-AC of systems greater than 20 kW-AC and up to 1,000 kW-AC. At the customer's discretion, the rebate may be claimed by the customer or applied to companies installing or leasing systems.

The program is retroactive

Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes Incentive Tax Credit

Summary

During the 2008 legislative session, South Carolina legislators passed SB 1141, creating the Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes Incentive Program, effective July 1, 2009. This bill created an income tax credit, with the goal of encouraging consumers to purchase energy efficient manufactured homes.

To qualify for the nonrefundable $750 tax credit, an individual must purchase either: 1) a manufactured home that meets or exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's and the U.S. Department of Energy's energy-saving efficiency requirements; or 2) a manufactured home that meets or exceeds

Fairfield Electric Coop - Energy Experts

Summary
The Energy Experts at Fairfield are ready to answer member’s questions concerning electric safety, energy efficiency or any one of the many programs the cooperative offers. They also provide educational programs for schools and civic organizations. Energy Experts will perform basic “walk through audits” to help determine how energy-efficient businesses are and to make recommendations for improvements.

Interconnection Guidelines

Summary

The South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted simplified interconnection guidelines for small distributed generation (DG) in December 2006. These guidelines address renewable-energy systems and other forms of DG up to 20 kilowatts (kW) in capacity for residential systems, and up to 100 kW for non-residential systems. Provisions for three-phase generators are not included.

South Carolina's interconnection guidelines apply to Progress Energy, Duke Energy, and South Carolina Electric and Gas.

There is a $100 application fee for residential systems and a $250 application fee for

Net Metering

Summary

In April of 2014 the South Carolina legislature unanimously passed S.B. 1189 to create a voluntary Distributed Energy Resource Program. In March 2015 the Public Utilities Commission approved a settlement agreement among  solar stakeholders detailing how the new net metering mandates laid out in S.B. 1189 would be fulfilled.

The settlement agreement approved by the Public Service Commission stipulates that utilities will offer net energy metering at the full retail rate.. Additionally, no new charges or fees distinctly separate from new net metering rates will be imposed upon customer generators

Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) Program

Summary

The Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) Program, a green-power program designed to encourage the use of renewable energy in South Carolina, currently offers premium payments for electricity generated by customer-owned, grid-tied solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and small-scale hydropower systems. A collaborative effort among Duke Energy, Progress Energy, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, the South Carolina Energy Office and the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff created PaCE in 2007, and the program was launched in April 2008.

PaCE funding comes from the customers of participating

Piedmont Natural Gas - Residential Equipment Efficiency Program

Summary

Piedmont Natural Gas offers rebates on high-efficiency natural gas tankless water heaters, tank water heaters and furnaces. Customers on the 201-Residential Service Rate or 221-Residential Service Standard Rate schedule are eligible for rebates. Rebates are only provided for qualifying natural gas equipment that is installed to replace previously used natural gas-fired equipment. Newly Constructed homes and homes using alternate fuel source such as electricity or propane are not eligible. Customers must provide specific information regarding equipment purchases and installation contractors on

Renewable Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit

Summary

Note: According to the SC Department of Revenue,this income tax program is available for the period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2015. The last applications for this credit are due on January 31st, 2015.

South Carolina offers a ten percent income tax credit to the manufacturers of renewable energy operations* for tax years 2010 through 2015.

In order to qualify, a business must:

  • manufacture renewable energy systems and components in South Carolina for solar, wind, geothermal, or other renewable energy uses
  • invest a minimum of $50 million in a Tier IV county, $100 million in a

Sales Tax Incentives for Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes

Summary
In July 2008, SB 1141 (known as the Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes Incentive Program) was enacted, which amended the sales tax cap to provide for a full sales tax exemption for manufactured homes purchased between July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2019, if the home has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each agency's energy saving efficiency requirements or has been designated as meeting or exceeding such requirements under the federal Energy Star program.   Homes that do not meet Energy Star standards but

Santee Cooper - Renewable Energy Resource Loans

Summary

Santee Cooper offers low-interest loans to residential customers who have a licensed contractor install photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind energy systems, micro-hydropower systems, biomass energy systems, or solar water heaters. 


The maximum loan amount is $40,000, and the maximum term is 10 years. Under Santee Cooper's "net billing" program, a renewable-energy system may not exceed the estimated maximum monthly kilowatt (kW) demand of the residence or 20 kW, whichever is less. A home energy audit is required prior to the purchase and installation of a system, and customers must submit an

Santee Cooper - Residential Energy Efficiency Existing Homes Rebate Program

Summary

Santee Cooper provides rebates to residential and multi-family residential customers. Rebates are available on  air source heat pumps, solar water heaters, weatherization measures, programmable thermostats, duct sealing, and water heaters. Rebates require that recipients live in a single-family, all electric home. Existing Home incentives are determined by specified standards and must be verified with Santee Cooper. Santee Cooper also provides financing for energy efficient improvements to existing homes. Contact Santee Cooper for more information on this program.

In order for multi-family

SCE&G (Electric) - Residential EnergyWise Program

Summary

South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) provides energy efficiency incentives to home owners in its service territory.

Applicants must be the registered owner of a separately metered, detached, or attached single-family residence where the product/equipment is installed. A licensed contractor must install the equipment and a rebate form and invoice must be submitted within 90 days of installation. Rebate payments will only be made to the SCE&G electric account holder in the SCE&G territory. View the program web site for additional details.

Solar Energy, Small Hydropower, and Geothermal Tax Credit (Corporate)

Summary

In South Carolina, taxpayers may claim a credit of 25% of the costs of purchasing and installing a solar energy system, small hydropower system, or a geothermal system for heating water, space heating, air cooling, energy-efficient daylighting, heat reclamation, energy-efficient demand response, or the generation of electricity in a building owned by the taxpayer. Effective July 1, 2009, SB 1141 expanded the scope of this credit to include small hydropower systems. Only hydropower systems installed after July 1, 2009 are eligible for the tax credit. HB 3874 of 2016 expanded the scope again

Solar Energy, Small Hydropower, and Geothermal Tax Credit (Personal)

Summary

In South Carolina, taxpayers may claim a credit of 25% of the costs of purchasing and installing a solar energy system or small hydropower system for heating water, space heating, air cooling, energy-efficient daylighting, heat reclamation, energy-efficient demand response, or the generation of electricity in a building owned by the taxpayer. Effective July 1, 2009, SB 1141 expanded the scope of this credit to include small hydropower systems. Only hydropower systems installed after July 1, 2009 are eligible for the tax credit. HB 3874 of 2016 expanded the scope again to include geothermal

South Carolina Municipalities - Green Power Purchasing

Summary

Santee Cooper's Green Power Program was launched in September of 2001. All of the state's 20 electric cooperatives and the City of Georgetown participate in the Green Power Program, which is Green-e accredited. The renewable resources sold under the Green Power Program are comprised of landfill gas (methane), solar energy and wind energy systems.

Participating residential customers are able to purchase this green power for $3 per 100 kWh block. Commercial participants are able to purchase the power for $6 per 200 kWh block.

SouthCarolinaSaves Green Community Loan Program

Summary

The SouthCarolinaSAVES™ Green Community Loan Program affords low cost financing to South Carolina governmental, institutional, and commercial and industrial properties for qualified conservation measures, including lighting, HVAC, controls, envelope, process improvement upgrades, solar photovoltaic systems, and LNG/CNG or propane fleet conversions. A below market rate is enabled through the use of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds allocated by the South Carolina Energy Office and issued through the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA).

Projects are eligible to

State Building Energy Standards

Summary

In June 2007, South Carolina enacted legislation (the Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Act of 2007) to promote effective energy and environmental standards for construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of buildings in the state; to improve the state's capacity to design, build and operate high-performance buildings; to create new jobs; and to increase the state's energy independence. In June 2008, the state enacted additional legislation, H.B. 4766, requiring state agencies and public school districts to develop energy conservation plans towards an ultimate goal of a 20%