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Ensure that your business is energy efficient.

Focus First On Energy Efficiency

EnergyWise for Your Business Program

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Before you consider installing solar, make sure your building is energy efficient. Businesses of all sizes are turning to solar as a way to help save money on their utility bills. Maximizing your property’s energy efficiency first helps ensure the electricity generated by your solar system is not lost through leaky duct work, inadequate insulation or an inefficient heating and cooling system.

The EnergyWise for Your Business Program can help electric business customers replace aging, inefficient equipment and systems with energy-efficient technologies. Through financial incentives and technical assistance, our program offerings support prescriptive, custom and small business energy efficiency measures.

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Consider Tax Credits

Tax credits for rooftop installations can help offset the cost of solar investments. However, Federal incentives are scheduled to reduce from 30% to 10% after December 31, 2016. Please consult your tax advisor.

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Since 2007, we’ve interconnected more than 350 customer’s solar systems – including homes, businesses, non-profits, and government entities. Our goal is to add more than 84 MW of new solar by the end of 2020.

Renewable energy is just one part of our generation mix. Along with nuclear, natural gas, scrubbed coal, and hydro, we’re ensuring that South Carolina’s growing energy needs can be met for decades to come with some of the cleanest energy sources and technologies available.

Not all properties are suitable for rooftop solar. Before you make the commitment to install, make sure that your building (roof structure, capacity, pitch, shading, etc.) is suitable for solar panels. You might also consider a ground-mounted solar system on your property.

While we are unable to offer assistance, we recommend working with a certified tax adviser to determine your eligibility.

The 30% Federal tax credit available to eligible businesses is scheduled to be reduced from 30% to 10% after December 31, 2016.

SCE&G is offering non-residential customers options to receive energy or bill credits for installing solar under its Net Energy Metering or Bill Credit Agreement (BCA) programs. SCE&G does not offer cash rebates, upfront incentives or financing.

Compare solar programs
For inquires pertaining to your solar system, contact your solar contractor. After reviewing this website, if you have additional questions specific to SCE&G’s solar programs, please email us at or call us at 1-866-660-3705.

Choose the one that works best for you.

Select Your Program

Net Energy Metering (NEM)

For every kWh generated, your business will offset its energy usage and receive an energy credit for excess generation equal to its current electric service rate.

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Bill Credit Agreement (BCA)

Your business will buy under your current rate for electric service and receive a bill credit for all of your solar generation based on the size of your system.

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System Size Bill Credit per kWh
Subject to annual adjustments for new participants.
BCA may be assigned to the customer's lessor or installer.
0 kW < size 20 kW $0.20
20 kW < size 100 kW $0.18
100 kW < size 1,000 kW $0.14
Qualifying Tax Exempts* $0.22

*Qualifying Tax Exempts: Churches - Rate 12, Schools - Rate 22, or Municipalities - Rate 3.

Community Solar - Coming Soon for Qualifying Tax Exempts

Community Solar, a program that allows customers the opportunity to benefit from solar generation without installing rooftop solar on their businesses, will be available to qualifying tax exempt electric customers in mid-2016.

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Net metering provides one way for customers who generate their own renewable electricity to reduce the power they need for their business. You will receive a credit that you can rollover for any excess energy that you generate.

There are many renewable options (solar, wind, hydro, even biomass), so there is no set price. The U.S. Department of Energy’s website is a good starting point. You can also use the PV Watts tool on NREL's website.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy PVWatts National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

A Bill Credit Agreement (BCA) is available to nonresidential customers who generate their own solar energy. Under this program, you purchase your electricity under your current rate for electric service and you sell all of your solar generation to SCE&G under a BCA with a 10-year term. Credits appear on your monthly bill based on the total output from your solar system. Any excess credit is carried forward to offset future charges. You will receive an annual payment for any remaining excess credits over $600 during the November billing cycle. Credits are determined by the size of your system. You may assign your BCA to your lessor or installer.

Renewable energy credits (RECs), also known as renewable energy certificates or green tags, represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from renewable energy projects. Source: U.S. Department of Energy Green Power Network

Community solar allows customers (qualifying Tax Exempts) the option to buy a portion of a solar farm without installing solar at your business. Community solar arrays, sometimes referred to as a solar farm or solar garden, are centralized solar facilities owned by SCE&G with individual panels available for purchase by SCE&G customers who receive credits on their electricity bill for the power produced.

SCE&G will offer Community Solar beginning in 2016. Customers will be able to purchase panels in a solar farm and receive a corresponding pro rata share of energy output through a monthly bill credit. The initial offering will be $0.10 per kWh for 20 years. 

How to Find Solar Contractors

Always use a professional, licensed contractor to install your solar electric system. While SCE&G does not endorse any contractors, here are some resources to consider:

Buying vs. Leasing

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or lease your system.

  • Buying a renewable energy system from an approved contractor or manufacturer means paying for it up front or financing your purchase through a bank loan. You own the entire solar energy system.
  • Leasing allows you to “rent” the renewable energy system for a set period of time. Generally, you pay a fixed monthly rate no matter how much energy the system produces each month.

SCE&G Equipment Requirements to Review with Your Installer

You will need to work with your installer to ensure that the following equipment is included with your solar system:

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AC Disconnect Switch

This must be:

  • Accessible to SCE&G personnel
  • Installed in close and visible proximity to the main meter
  • Must provide a visible air gap and be lockable in the off position
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Generation Metering

This must be:

  • Accessible to SCE&G personnel
  • Installed in close and visible proximity to the main meter

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SCE&G does not endorse or have any exclusive partnerships with solar installers and is not responsible for the installation process. When choosing an installer, it is very important and highly recommended that you speak with and obtain bids from a minimum of three contractors. Some resources to consider: South Carolina Solar Council South Carolina Solar Business Alliance North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
SCE&G does not offer installation services or provide oversight of the installation process; however, we conduct a field inspection to ensure that the installation meets our requirements. Selecting an experienced solar contractor is one of the most important steps in the overall installation process.
SCE&G does not offer financing options or installation services for solar systems.
The installer can advise you on the pros and cons of buying vs. leasing. If you prefer to own your solar installation, you should consult with your tax advisor to determine your eligibility for the federal and state tax credits.

To View Applications & Process

Choose your system size/program

Qualifying facilities with systems not participating in NEM or BCA should refer to SCE&G's OASIS website for all procedures.

  1. Complete Application Forms:

  2. Include Supporting Documents:

  3. Send Completed Documents to SCE&G:

    E-mail signed documents as PDF files to or mail them with your interconnection fee to the address below

  4. Mail Your Application Fee to:

SCE&G - Renewable Energy Team
220 Operation Way
Mail Code: C106
Cayce, SC 29033

If you have any questions, email or call SCE&G at 1-866-660-3705.

  1. Complete Forms:

    • Solar Energy Program Application

      This form provides information about your program choice for interconnecting with SCE&G, your choice to own or lease your solar installation system, and it also allows you indicate if you would like to share your customer information with your solar installer.

    • IRS Form W-9

      Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification

    • Notification of BCA Assignment (Optional)

      You have the option to assign the Bill Credit Agreement offered by SCE&G to your installer. If choosing this option, notify SCE&G by completing and submitting this form.

  2. Send Completed Documents to SCE&G:

    E-mail signed documents as PDF files to or mail them to the address below:

    SCE&G - Renewable Energy Team
    220 Operation Way
    Mail Code: C106
    Cayce, SC 29033

  3. Complete Procedures in the SGIP Guide on SCE&G's OASIS Website:

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Net Energy Metering customers who interconnect on or after January 1, 2015 are eligible to receive an annual bill credit if their solar generation exceeds their usage. The value of the annual bill credit could be treated as income. Consult with your tax advisor for more information.
Yes, you will receive an auto-response email confirming receipt of your documents. We will contact you as we start to review your application.
It is important that you wait for approval from SCE&G to ensure your system plans adhere to system requirements for the interconnection process.

Make Sure You Are Ready

Installing solar is a big decision. Make sure you have done your homework by reviewing the information and application process outlined in the Learn, Choose, Consult, and Apply tabs of this website. You should also review your choices with a professional contractor.

What You Can Expect During Installation

  1. Receive Approval from SCE&G

    After you receive approval from SCE&G, move forward with your installation.

  2. Local Inspection

    After installation, contact your local inspection authority to have the installation inspected.

  3. Utility Inspection

    Once SCE&G receives the release from the local inspection authority, a utility inspection will be performed. Our inspection will verify the AC disconnect switch and extra meter socket. (See requirements on "Consult" tab).

  4. Bi-directional Meter Installed

    SCE&G will install a bi-directional meter in the extra meter socket that you provide.

  5. Turn on System

If you have any questions, email or call SCE&G at 1-866-660-3705.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You can move forward with your solar installation after you receive a signed interconnection agreement and approval letter from SCE&G.
It is important that you wait for approval from SCE&G to ensure your system plans adhere to system requirements for the interconnection process. 
There are many variables that may impact how long it will take to install your solar system; however, timing will be dependent on your contractor’s schedule and availability. 
Proper maintenance of your system will keep it running smoothly. Most vendors recommend a yearly maintenance check by your installer, but you should carefully review the maintenance instructions provided with your system provider.