Late last week, Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin, with the support of the City Council, issued a proclamation making Columbia the latest South Carolina community to become a part of the Solarize South Carolina Campaign, a statewide residential solar power initiative and community outreach program aimed at urging residents to go solar and thus save on electricity costs.
The proclamation solidifies a partnership between the City of Columbia, Solarize South Carolina and nonprofit agency SmartPower.
Under the terms of the program, if 60 or more residents of Columbia sign a contract to go solar before Jan. 31, 2016, the city will earn a free 5 kW solar system that can be used on any of its municipal buildings.
Solarize South Carolina was developed by SmartPower and solar financing company Dividend Solar. The goal of the program is to outfit 2,000 homes throughout the state with solar over the next year-and-a-half.
“Columbia is proud to be a statewide leader in Solarize South Carolina,” Benjamin said. “Working together with SmartPower and all our local community organizations, we will help make Columbia – and South Carolina – a true leader in solar power."
Solarize South Carolina makes it even easier for residents to go solar by offering a zero-down financing option to make solar more affordable, allowing homeowners to save immediately on energy bills. Those who are interested can sign up at www.solarizesc.org.
“With Columbia’s leadership, tax incentives, low cost financing, and all our neighbors joining in this community campaign, going solar just makes sense,” Benjamin said.
Solarize Columbia kicked off with its first event Sept. 3.