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How to Find Solar Contractors

Always use a professional, licensed contractor to install your solar electric system. While SCE&G does not endorse or have any exclusive partnerships with 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

Work with installer to ensure the following equipment is included with your system. In addition, SCE&G requires 24/7 access to the disconnect switch and metering equipment, not only at the time of the SCE&G inspection and meter installation. Your meter(s) and the surrounding area must be accessible, safe, and not blocked by plants or gates. Animals should be confined and away from the meter area. If your current equipment location does not provide adequate access, please contact us at 1-800-251-7234 to coordinate relocating your equipment.

on-off disconnect
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
meter socket
Generation Metering

This must be:

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

Questions & Answers

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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.
A Consumer Guide to Solar for the South Carolina Homeowner is an excellent resource to help educate customers on the overall process for installing rooftop solar, including selecting a contractor. Download the SC Consumer Guide to Solar
Also be aware of the factors you should consider in order to determine if solar is right for you. 10 Questions Every Consumer Should Ask Before Going Solar
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.