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Deutsche Bank: Solar Reaches Grid Parity In 2014

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A new report from Deutsche Bank concludes grid parity for solar will be reached by the end of 2014 in countries around the world…without government subsidy. It is critical that South Carolina prepare for this rapidly changing energy landscape. Allowing for solar leasing is a first step in that direction. Read More

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Clemson Reaches Wind Turbine Facility Milestone

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Clemson Restoration Institute has reached a milestone in the construction of their wind turbine drive train test facility. This facility is designed to test the next generation of large offshore wind turbines and is expected to host companies from around the world as the offshore industry comes to the East Coast. Read More

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SC Businesses Demand Solar Leasing Option

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Local businesses and investors recognize the opportunities being denied South Carolinians as a consequence of our antiquated energy laws, and they are advocating solutions that make economic and environmental sense for our state. Read More

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Resistance To Change Could Disadvantage SC Utility Customers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

South Carolina is now experiencing foundational shifts firsthand. A law to provide greater access to distributed energy systems is currently being considered in the state legislature (H.3425), but the resistance to change by entrenched interests has the legislation stalled in committee. Read More

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All New Investment Dollars Flowing To Renewables

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In January of 2013, all new power generation brought online in the U.S. came from renewable sources (1,231 MW). Read More

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SC Lagging In Solar Deployment

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

As is evident from the following map, South Carolina has some catching up to do in deploying the technologies that will power the 21st century. Read More

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Foundations Of Electricity Generation Are Shifting Dramatically

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The democratization of energy is underway. Just as the internet and mobile phones have fundamentally altered how we communicate and access information, technological trends in the energy arena are leading us towards a future of decentralization where control over energy production is no longer concentrated in the hands of a few. Read More

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Efficiency Increases Productivity Without Cost Of New Generation

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Energy efficiency makes our economy more productive at a lower incremental cost than simply investing in new power generation. A recent analysis concludes that 74% of new energy demand since 1970 has been met through energy efficiency measures in the U.S.. Read More

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NC Clean Energy Policies Boost Economy, Save Customers Money

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A new North Carolina study reveals clean energy policies in that state created over 21,000 jobs and generated $1.7 billion in economic activity between 2007 and 2012. In addition, these policies are expected to result in $173 million in customer savings between 2006 and 2026. Read More

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Honda Offers Solar With Car Purchase

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Honda and Acura have announced that they will be offering their customers access to low cost home solar systems via leasing agreements with the company SolarCity.  Financing opportunities like this will not be available in South Carolina until legislation is passed that removes barriers for third party ownership of distributed energy systems. Read More

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