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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. 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.

We also recommend that you read A Solar Guide for South Carolina Business Owners for helpful information about the decision-making process for installing solar and the many factors to be considered before, during and after installing panels on your business.

Some additional helpful links include:


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Consider Tax Credits

Tax credits for rooftop installations can help offset the cost of solar investments. The 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial projects has been be extended until December 31, 2019 in its current form. After that, projects that start construction in 2020 and 2021 will receive 26 percent and 22 percent, respectively. All projects must be completed by 2024 to obtain these ITC rates. Please consult your tax advisor.


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Since 2007, we’ve interconnected thousands of customer 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.

Tax credits for rooftop installations can help offset the cost of solar investments. The 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial projects has been be extended until December 31, 2019 in its current form. After that, projects that start construction in 2020 and 2021 will receive 26 percent and 22 percent, respectively. All projects must be completed by 2024 to obtain these ITC rates. Please consult your tax advisor.

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

While A Solar Guide for South Carolina Business Owners addresses many of the factors that should be considered before, during and after solar installation, it is not a comprehensive technical, design or installation guide. You should always consult with an experienced solar contractor to determine the right system for your business.
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 RenewableEnergy@scana.com or call us at 1-866-660-3705.

Net Energy Metering

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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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)

As of April 27, 2017 SCE&G’s BCA program is suspended indefinitely. Customers who, prior to April 27, 2017 have applied and been approved by SCE&G to participate in the BCA program, properly executed an interconnection agreement, and made all payments and financial security-related requirements set for in the interconnection agreement (if applicable) are permitted to proceed as a BCA program participant – provided their system is interconnected by April 27, 2018.

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

This charge applies to all SCE&G electric customers. It represents costs associated with expanding the use of solar energy in South Carolina under the Distributed Energy Resources Program Act (Act 236). Passed into law unanimously by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, the act called for utilities like SCE&G to develop programs that would motivate individuals and businesses to invest in solar generation. SCE&G has developed a range of programs for residential and business customers, and costs associated with these programs will be reflected in customer bills through the Renewable Energy Resources charge starting in May 2016.

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 several factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or lease your system.

  • Buying a renewable energy system from a contractor or manufacturer means paying for it up front or financing your purchase through a bank loan. You own the entire solar system and federal and state tax credits may be available. Please consult with your tax advisor.
  • 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. This rate may escalate each year during the term of the lease. Because you do not own the system, federal and state tax credits may not be available. Please consult with your tax advisor.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you purchase or lease your solar system by 12/31/2020, please note that the current Net Energy Metering tariff has been approved through 12/31/2025 – after which the cost structure for your customer generation will change.

SCE&G Equipment Requirements to Review with Your Installer

Work with your installer to ensure the following equipment is included with your 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. If you purchase or lease your solar system by 12/31/2020, please note that the current Net Energy Metering tariff has been approved through 12/31/2025 – after which the structure for your customer generation will change.

Choose Your System Size/Program


To ensure a timely interconnection, complete and submit all required information before you move forward with your solar installation. If you decide to provide your installer access to PowerClerk, be aware that agreements are between you and SCE&G, and all documents will require your signature.

  1. Gather required information:

    • SCE&G electric account number
    • Installer's name and contact information
    • Proof of Liability Insurance ($100,000 or more per occurrence)
    • Download the Single-Line Diagram to document PV System information, including inverter and array brands, models, and installation details. This PDF is also located in PowerClerk.
    • Access to additional technical resource documents
  2. Submit application via PowerClerk

  3. Mail your $100 processing fee to:

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

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

  1. Complete Application Forms:

  2. Include Supporting Documents:

  3. Send Completed Documents to SCE&G:

    E-mail signed documents as PDF files to ElectricTransmission@scana.com or mail them with your processing fee to the address below

  4. Mail Your Processing Fee to:

$250 for > 20 kW up to 100 kW
$500 for > 100 kW up to 1,000 kW

SCE&G Transmission Support Team
220 Operation Way
Mail Code: J-36
Cayce, SC 29033

If you have any questions, email us.


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Renewable Energy 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 any bill credit/payment you receive could be treated as income. Consult with your tax advisor for more information.
Yes, you (and your installer) will receive an auto-response email confirming receipt of your documents. Once all of the forms associated with my application are submitted, how long does it take to receive approval from SCE&G? Within 15 business days from receipt of your completed application forms and fee, you (and your installer) can expect to be notified with the outcome of the technical review. We will contact you (and your installer) by e-mail.
It is important that you wait for approval from SCE&G to ensure your system plans adhere to system requirements for the interconnection process.
After all required information is entered into PowerClerk, the following forms will be produced for your completion and digital signature: Interconnection Request Application, Solar Energy Program Application, and IRS W-9 Form. You must also upload Proof of Property (Liability) Insurance and a Single Line Diagram.

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

Choose your system size/program


 

  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. Once SCE&G receives the release from the local inspection authority, we will update the Certificate of Completion and a utility inspection will be performed.

  3. Utility Inspection

    Our inspection will verify that the system matches the paperwork submitted and meets all SCE&G requirements. (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. Receive Approval to Energize from SCE&G

    After you receive approval from us, you may energize system.

  6. Turn on System

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

  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 that the system matches the paperwork submitted and meets all SCE&G requirements. (See requirements in SC Generator Interconnection Procedures).

  4. Bi-directional Meter Installed

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

  5. Receive Permission to Operate

    After you receive permission from us, you may operate your system.

  6. Operate Your System


If you have any questions, email us.


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.

Renewable Energy Developers

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