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SC Company Finances 3rd Party Solar Installations In Other States

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bosch, which has operations in SC, has made $100 million available for the financing of new commercial and residential solar installations. It is unlikely that these projects will occur in our state due to current policy barriers that continue to limit access to solar technologies by businesses and homeowners. Read More

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Duke Unveils Simple, Effective Energy Storage System

Monday, February 4, 2013

Duke Energy has built an astounding 36 megawatt energy storage and management facility in Texas to normalize the energy output coming from surrounding wind turbines. Undoubtedly, the future of affordable, reliable, non-polluting energy is unfurling before our eyes. Read More

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SC Lacking Serious Solar Development

Monday, February 4, 2013

South Carolina (#31 nationally) has fallen far behind neighboring states like North Carolina (#11 nationally) in solar deployment. Read More

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GA and NC Advocate for Third Party Financing

Monday, February 4, 2013

North Carolina and Georgia are also considering legislation that removes barriers to third party energy sales. Support continues to grow for individual utility customers seeking to generate their own electricity, regardless of how they choose to finance their systems. Read More

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VW Goes Solar Using Third Party Sales

Monday, February 4, 2013

In states like Tennessee, the third party sales model for financing and deploying solar is working for manufacturing plants like the new Volkswagen automotive facility in Chattanooga. The 9.5 megawatt system is Tennessee’s largest, and more than twice the installed capacity of all solar systems in South Carolina combined. Read More

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Third Party Sales Petition Gaining Momentum

Monday, February 4, 2013

Columbia’s Wiley Cooper, a retired reverend, has created quite a buzz with an online petition in support of third party energy sales for distributed energy systems like solar power. Read More & Sign the Petition

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Third Party Sales Bill, H.3425, Introduced in SC

Monday, February 4, 2013

New third party energy sales legislation introduced in South Carolina seeks to remove statutory barriers for solar energy deployment while lowering electric bills for home and business owners.  The legislation is designed to allow the free market to supply financing and ownership options that are currently illegal in our state. Read More Here and Here

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World Economic Forum Calls for Climate Action

Monday, February 4, 2013

Climate change represents a top tier concern at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) upcoming annual meeting. The WEF is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political and academic leaders. Read More

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Columbia, SC Save Millions with Efficiency

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Columbia Housing Authority is expecting to realize over $6.5 million in energy and water savings as a result of efficiency efforts.  This is yet another example of the role efficiency can play in keeping dollars in our local communities rather than exporting capital and jobs for the purchase of energy resources. Read More

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Energy Efficiency in SC Needs Utilities

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Could South Carolina’s electric utilities be key players in implementing our state’s recently updated building energy code? Read More

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