July 2020

Energy Office COVID-19 Update

During this unprecedented time, the Energy Office in the SC Office of Regulatory Staff is here to help you navigate our programs and initiatives. As described in our previous updates, our team is adjusting as needed to the rapidly changing...

ASHRAE Covid-19 Preparedness Resources for Facilities

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has many resources available on its ...

Virtual Fall ASCEM Conference, Award Nominations Open

The Fall 2020 Association of South Carolina Energy Manager’s Conference will be held virtually October 6-8, 2020.
 
October 6: 10 PM – 12 PM
October 7: 2 PM – 4 PM
October 8: 10 AM – 12 PM
 
Registration information, agenda, and...

ConserFund Loan Program Provides More Than $40M in Savings to South Carolinians

The Energy Office has released a new ConserFund Program Overview (2009-2020) (PDF) document, showcasing savings accrued over...

The Plug in SC Program Provides Standardized Branding and Signage for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in South Carolina

The Energy Office has released an Energy Spotlight (PDF), highlighting the Plug in SC program.
 
Palmetto Clean Fuels (PCF), an initiative of the...

Kershaw County Schools District Completes Performance Contract with More Than $14M in Savings

The Kershaw County Schools District (KCSD) effectively used an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to provide critical facility improvements in lighting, water conservation, building controls, and four major HVAC replacements with two older elementary and middle schools.
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Clemson Industrial Assessment Center Looking for Companies to Pilot New Tool

Despite not being able to conduct assessments, the Clemson Industrial Assessment Center (Clemson IAC) has been busy developing ways to further assist the local manufacturing community.
 
In collaboration with Clemson Facilities and Urjanet, the Clemson IAC is excited to...

Updated EPA Tool Finder for Local Government Clean Energy Initiatives

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) updated Tool Finder for Local Government Clean Energy Initiatives will help navigate the many freely available tools and resources on both the government operations and community-wide scales. These tools help measure emissions, energy, and...

103-MW South Carolina Solar Array Supported by Best Buy Goes Online

In collaboration with solar developer X-Elio and U.S. Bank, Best Buy has announced the completion of the Best Buy Solar Field in Martin, South Carolina. The 103-MW system will produce enough energy to power 260 Best Buy stores annually.
 
“We are proud of this investment...

Dominion Energy South Carolina Offering Small Businesses Big Benefits Through Increased Program Incentives

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout South Carolina continue to benefit from Dominion Energy’s Small Business Energy Solutions Program. The program recently increased incentives from 80% of project costs to 90% of costs – up to $6,000 – for eligible small businesses and...

Clemson Research Aims to Develop Next-Generation Solar Cells, Imaging Sensor, LEDs, Lasers, and Other Devices

A pair of Clemson University scientists are among the co-authors of a paper on research into using quantum dots to usher in the next generation of safer, highly efficient solar cells.
 
The paper titled “Lead-free...

ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Exemption Extended Until July 2024

The popular ENERGY STAR zero sales tax incentive will remain in effect until at least July 1, 2024, thanks to a new law passed on May 12, 2020.
 
This incentive allows South Carolina homebuyers purchasing a home that meets ENERGY STAR criteria to pay no sales tax on the...

Clemson Project Selected as One of US Department of Energy Biomanufacturing Sector Grants

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of eight projects totaling over $5 million to conduct research and development (R&D) needed to accelerate the United States biomanufacturing sector. Part of the Agile BioFoundry (ABF)...

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