South Carolina: SCE&G supports community solar through specific program

U.S. electric utility South Carolina Electric & Gas Company has launched the SCE&G Community Solar Program, an initiative aimed at supporting the development of large-scale community solar projects across its service area.

This, the company said in a press release, will make solar generation available to electric customers who cannot, or do not wish to, install rooftop solar panels. The program will enable its participants to receive credits on their monthly utility bills, thereby lowering their monthly expenses.

The program will be implemented by community solar specialist Clean Energy Collective (CEC), which will promote its RooflessSolar product among SCE&G residential and non-residential customers.

SCE&G said it expects to connect the first two or three community solar project to the grid under the program by the end of 2017. The company added that it will be responsible for all maintenance of the sites.

SCE&G announced its intention to launch the Community Solar Program in partnership with Clean Energy Collective (CEC) in September. At the time, the company said that CEC will develop, construct, own, and operate the 16 MW community solar portfolio under the program.

SCE&G is targeting an installed PV capacity of 42 MW by 2020. Since 2007, SCE&G has interconnected more than 4,000 customer solar systems, including homes, businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities.