Proposed Renewable Generation Plan to Further Advance Access to Solar
Cayce, S.C. (Feb. 10, 2015) – Yesterday South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) took another step towards advancing solar energy in South Carolina by recommending several solar programs to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina in its Renewable Generation Plan.
In accordance with the Distributed Energy Resource Act that was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley in 2014, SCE&G’s proposed Renewable Generation programs will add approximately 100 megawatts of new solar energy to SCE&G’s system by the end of 2020.
“SCE&G remains committed to expanding the use of renewable energy resources, and our proposed Renewable Generation programs provide customers with innovative new options to access solar,” said John Raftery, general manager of renewable products and services and energy demand management for SCE&G. “With construction beginning soon on our first two solar farms the future is looking very bright.”
SCE&G’s proposed programs include customer-scale solar, community solar and utility-scale solar:
Customer-scale solar: To promote the adoption of solar energy at the individual customer level, SCE&G proposes production-based incentive rates for residential, non-residential and tax-exempt customers electing to install solar generation. These incentivized rates will be determined by system size and provide price certainty over a 10-year period.
Community solar: Recognizing that many customers may have barriers to participating in renewable energy opportunities on their homes, place of business or tax exempt location, SCE&G has proposed a Community Solar program. In this arrangement, customers, including municipalities and tax-exempt organizations, such as schools and churches, will have the opportunity to buy into a solar farm and receive prorated, incentivized production credits based on the farm’s monthly system output.
Utility-scale solar: SCE&G expects to add 45 MW of utility-scale solar power at targeted locations across its service territory. Two of those projects include the Otarre and Leeds solar farms, which will be SCE&G’s first solar farms, located in Cayce and North Charleston. An announcement is expected soon about the developers selected for these projects, with completion anticipated by fall 2015.
More details about the programs will be available upon final review and approval by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina.
SCE&G’s commitment to solar:
In late 2013, SCE&G announced a new renewable energy team and began working together with solar stakeholders from across the state, including conservation groups and other utilities, to develop comprehensive consensus legislation that establishes equitable net metering rules, introduces distributed energy programs and allows customers greater access to solar leasing.
In June 2014, the landmark Distributed Energy Resource Program Act was signed into law. As a result of the new legislation, SCE&G is committed to diversifying its energy portfolio and offering customers more alternative energy options, including adding about 100 MW of utility-scale and customer solar generation to its operating system over the next several years.
For more information about SCE&G’s renewable energy initiatives visit www.sceg.com/solar.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 686,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 332,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.