Economic Development


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SC Legislation could make it easier to tap into solar power

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Removing current legal barriers to third party energy sales is one way South Carolina can promote increased investment in clean energy technologies. Legislation now being considered (H.3425, S.536) by the General Assembly would make solar leasing, a popular financing method for solar investment around the country, available to residents, businesses, churches, and other institutions that are currently prohibited from entering into these contracts. Read More

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Sen. Gregory (R-Lancaster) Introduces S.536 – solar leasing!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A bipartisan contingency of South Carolina Senators has introduced legislation (S.536) that would make third party energy sales and solar leasing legal in the state.  Solar leasing has become the preferred method of installing solar arrays on homes, businesses and institutions in many areas of the country, and this financing model is projected to grow the residential solar market from $1.3 billion in 2012 to $5.7 billion by 2016. Read more…

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Wind Saving Co-ops Millions in the Heartland

Monday, March 18, 2013

Electric cooperatives in states like South Dakota have led the way on wind energy development, and their customers are seeing the benefits. Read More

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Keystone Pipeline Debate Rages On

Monday, March 18, 2013

Will the approval of the Keystone Pipeline set the stage for real movement towards reigning in carbon emissions? Maybe, if the response from opponents to the pipeline is loud enough for the President to hear. Read More

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Forward-thinking Energy Policies Create Jobs

Monday, March 18, 2013

Jobs in the clean energy sector grew by 110,000 during 2012. The states benefiting most from this economic activity have taken the lead in updating their energy policies and regulation to reflect 21st century energy realities. Read More

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Energy Executives Mapping Out Sustainable Future

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Obama Administration is conferring with energy executives representing a broad range of technologies in preparation for a revised approach to meeting our country’s energy demand in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. Read More

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"Value of Solar" Rate Captures True Costs & Benefits

Monday, March 18, 2013

Some states are moving towards a “value of solar” rate that captures the benefits solar energy creates for a utility and its customers. This rate would then be paid to homeowners and businesses that invest in solar and sell their excess power back to the grid. Read More

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Renewables Protect Against Long-term Fossil Fuel Costs

Monday, March 18, 2013

Renewables are increasingly being looked at as long-term price hedges against the volatility of fossil fuel costs.  It is imperative that South Carolina utilities begin modeling benefits of this nature, which would accompany the development of our abundant in-state renewable energy resources. Read More

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Solar Leasing Fundamentally Changing Electricity In US

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Solar leasing has exploded onto the American scene offering reduced power bills for businesses and homeowners around the country. Take a look at this must read interview with the co-founder and CEO of SolarCity to get a better understanding of how this business model has fundamentally changed the nature of power generation. Read More

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Shale Deposits Not A Panacea As Hoped

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Has the development of shale oil and gas put America on a path to energy independence? Industry experts warn that our expectations may be out of sync with reality. This article takes a closer look at the factors at play in the current shale boom and why conservation is the key to energy security. Read More

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