Why 100 Days?

Millions of dollars of private investment for large scale solar projects lack the certainty needed to bring these projects to completion. Solar net-metering programs are due to expire in mid-March in the Upstate and in mid-2019 for most other areas of the state, eliminating the ability of customers to reduce their energy bills by going solar.

South Carolina cannot afford to wait any longer for action. So we have called on lawmakers to take clear and decisive action on the policies outlined below. By acting within the first 100 days of 2019 on this clean energy agenda, lawmakers can save these jobs, solidify these investments, and reduce bills across the state. View the 100 Day Agenda foldout brochure here

 

Residential Solar Action Plan

  • Remove the net metering cap and solar leasing caps and allow ratepayers freedom to choose their own energy source

  • Ensure fair compensation for what solar users generate and use by calculating the net energy used over the course of a month

  • Prevent non-solar customers from paying for revenue lost by a utility because of solar. 

  • Prohibit utilities from setting discriminatory rates specifically for solar customers.

 

Corporate & Industrial Solar Action Plan

  • Allow big companies to negotiate and contract directly with renewable energy suppliers, establishing the purchase price and contract length directly with the renewable energy supplier.

  • Ensure that the price and length of independent renewable energy contracts are honored by the utility monopolies, while compensating the utilities for transmitting the power.

  • Credit the purchasers of independent renewable energy using wholesale power rates that are set in a fair, open, and transparent proceeding.

 

Large Scale Solar Action Plan

  • Create a fair, open, and transparent rate setting processes for large-scale solar facilities in front of the Public Service Commission that is separate from the rubber-stamp fuel proceedings.

  • Ensure rates paid to large scale solar facilities are reflective of costs a utility would have paid to produce a unit of energy on their own.

  • Reduce utility delays for connecting to the grid and in contract negotiations.

  • Prevent utilities from killing large scale solar projects simply by ignoring them and refusing to connect them to the grid.

 

Solar Access for All South Carolinians

  • Allow solar developers to create “neighborhood community solar programs” that allow low and moderate income customers to take advantage of solar savings.

  • Remove the cap on solar leasing to maintain an important tool to make solar and its bill-reducing benefits available to customers who don’t have the funds to buy an entire solar power system