South Carolina and Pennsylvania also saw significant increases in solar permits granted, but California and Colorado both dropped by nearly 30%, according to the latest OhmHome report.
The 71 MW project in Jasper County will be joined by a 10 MW project, both of which the power company plans to complete by the end of the year.
ESA Renewables will construct the project, which is projected to produce 23,100 MWh annually, enough to power 2,400 single-family homes per year.
S. 44, a bill which would exempt residential renewable-energy installations from property tax assessments, passed the South Carolina Senate last week.
The Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition, headed by a former congressman, cheered the National Solar Job Census’ finding that South Carolina had added 1,000 jobs last year and called for the legislature to support the solar industry with free-market approaches.
The announcement by Kansas-based Tradewind Energy that it will build an $84.5 million, 75-MW solar farm in Orangeburg County, S.C., is the second solar-farm announcement in six days.
More than 1,800 residential customers and 125 business customers have taken advantage of the utility’s Solar Rebate Program to reduce solar installation costs significantly.
The utility’s solicitation for 750 GWh of renewables could be met with 400 MW of new solar PV.
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