Last year, stakeholders came together to create the Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition (PCSC), as a venue to promote removing barriers and to encourage free-market principles to support solar. Thanks to leadership from the legislature and Governor Haley, the local solar industry has been on a tear – employment grew faster than any other state in the Southeast in 2016.
"Solar in South Carolina just makes sense – and we are glad that consumers have finally realized all the great benefits of going solar," said Sean Hayes, Business Development Associate at Palmetto Solar. "We have seen increased interest in solar over the past year – and the removal of policy barriers will ensure we can continue to hire more electricians, roofers, engineers, and sales employees and bring energy savings to South Carolinians," finished Hayes.
In 2014, the South Carolina legislature unanimously voted to pass historic solar energy legislation, Act 236, which legalized solar leasing and net metering—a policy that enables the right to self generation and gives fair credit for power sent to back to the grid. These policies allow solar companies to create thousands of high-quality, local jobs in the state.
There are potential barriers on the horizon that could hamstring further growth. The State is at risk of reaching the cap on net metering in 2017. PCSC and its allies look forward to working with the legislature and utilities to find a solution and continue job and economic growth across the state.
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SOURCE Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition