South Carolina

South Carolina regulators about-face, reverse earlier decision on Dominion PURPA rates

A month after deciding upon the rates Dominion Energy will use to compensate PURPA customers, the state’s Public Service Commission has reversed the decision — raising the rates and laying the groundwork for a successful solar compensation structure.

5 stories that sparked conversation in 2019

Certain articles at pv magazine strike a chord with readers and spark greater discussion among the community. Here are the most discussed articles of 2019 at pv magazine USA.

Fair compensation for rooftop PV generation: lawyers make the case

The Tennessee Valley Authority will offer just over 2 cents per kWh for distributed solar, although TVA’s prior calculations show a value of 7.2 cents per kWh, or higher when counting avoided pollution. An environmental lawsuit may be brewing.

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South Carolina wants Energy Freedom, but on the cheap

Regulators voted to cut the avoided cost rate paid to PURPA solar power projects in the state by ~33% to 2.134¢/kWh, while also shortening the length of the contracts to 10 years – which represents the lowest rates and contract lengths in the nation.

ITC extension hits the house, St. Louis going clean: pvMB 11/20/19

Hello wonderful readers and welcome to this week’s Hump Day morning brief. on this most wonderful of Wednesdays we have Target’s 500th rooftop installation, big procurement by Facebook and a NextEra project in South Carolina.

Dominion acquires 72 MW, Tesla offers $1000 off solar+Powerwall for wildfire areas: pvMB 10/29/19

Happy Tuesday one and all and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ve got for you a 1.4 MW project powering a cerebral palsy facility in New York, EVgo announcing 40% Growth in California and PG&E paying Topaz.

Dominion throws the challenge flag on the Energy Freedom Act

The utility is attempting to set the avoided energy cost rate for solar projects under PURPA at just $16.76/MWh for new generation and $23.46/MWh for queued generation. These are some of the lowest avoided cost rates seen to date.

There’s a new top dog in South Carolina solar

Cypress Creek Renewables has put online the 106 MWdc Palmetto plains solar project, one of several 100 MW or bigger behemoths going up in Orangeburg County.

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South Carolina city kills residential solar because math is hard

The city of Georgetown has instituted a $50 monthly “accounting charge” on all residential solar customers because the city’s accounting software can’t comprehend the concept of energy being sent to the grid.

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Is there more spin than solar in Duke’s zero-carbon goal?

The power giant’s zero-carbon plan is contradicted by its rush to gas, and the numbers bear watching.

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