S.C. Electric & Gas Co. has introduced a community solar program intended to make solar generation available to electric customers who cannot, or do not wish to, install rooftop solar panels.
Through the SCE&G Community Solar Program, residential customers and eligible nonresidential customers may purchase or subscribe to solar panels at several solar facilities to be constructed within SCE&G’s service territory.
In exchange for the electricity produced by their panels, participants will receive credits on their monthly utility bills, the company said in a news release. The program is available to residential electric customers who own or rent their homes, as well as to schools, churches and municipalities.
Danny Kassis, vice president of customer relations and renewables for SCE&G, said in a statement, “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.”
SCE&G chose Clean Energy Collective and its RooflessSolar product, to implement the program. SCE&G expects to interconnect the first two of three solar facilities by the end of the year.
As part of the community solar solution, Clean Energy Collective will facilitate customer enrollment and provide monitoring and production tracking services. The solar facilities will use panels that track the sun’s path across the sky, increasing power generation up to 20% more than traditional fixed or rooftop systems. SCE&G is responsible for all maintenance of the sites.
SCE&G played a key role in developing the 2014 S.C. Distributed Energy Resource Program Act, which established equitable net metering rules, introduced distributed energy programs and allowed customers access to solar leasing options.
SCE&G energized its first utility-scale solar facility in December 2015 and has announced additional developments that will help the utility exceed its goal of generating at least 42 megawatts of utility-scale solar by 2020. SCE&G also provides customer programs to support the development of more than 42 MW of customer-scale solar generation by 2020 and has interconnected more than 4,000 of its customers.