Solar rebate program a bright success story for South Carolina

Duke Energy this week announced the success of its solar rebate program, noting that since its inception nearly one year ago, South Carolina customers have received almost $5 million in rebates.

"The response to the rebate program has been fantastic," Duke Energy's South Carolina State President Clark Gillespy said. "This shows our customers want options to help them participate in a sustainable solar energy marketplace."

More than 750 residential and 35 business customers have applied for the rebates, which help with the upfront cost of the solar system installation. Qualified residential customers who purchase and install 20 kilowatts-ac systems and business customers with 1 megawatt-ac systems can receive a rebate of $1 per watt-dc.

"The Duke Energy Solar Rebate Program has been great for customers in South Carolina," Sunstore Solar owner Bruce Wood said. "Where Act 236 helped make renewable energy more accessible, the Solar Rebate Program has helped make solar more affordable."

The South Carolina General Assembly passed Act 236 in 2014. The bill allowed Duke Energy to implement a variety of solar programs, including the solar power rebate program for its customers. Duke Energy has more than 50 solar facilities in seven states. It is more than halfway to its 53-megawatt goal in South Carolina.

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