SC SOLAR ON THE RISE
It’s the dawn of a new year and the sun is shining brightly on South Carolina—just look at the numbers. According to data collected from electric utilities and current as of July 31, 2016, small-scale commercial and residential solar installations, (photovoltaic electricity-generating systems with capacities of less than 1,000 kW AC) totaled 2,991, an increase of more than 350% since July 31, 2015 when the statewide total was 834. Corresponding with the surge in these small-scale solar installations the statewide total capacity jumped to 25,210.60 kW AC in 2016, up from the previous year’s total of 5,106.38. Thirty-eight percent of all SC photovoltaic systems were leased and installed in 2016 through utility leasing programs established following the 2014 passage of the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act. At the county level, Richland customers led the state with the most leased systems at 345, while Charleston led the state in both purchased and total solar installations.
South Carolina’s most recent solar data: http://www.energy.sc.gov/files/SC%20PV%20Installations%20%26%20Capacity_0.pdf.
SAVING ENERGY: DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT
What better way to start the year than by saving energy? Information on South Carolina electric and natural gas utilities' Demand Side Management (DSM) activities and incentives is available in the 2016 Demand-Side Management Report. The report includes the most recent information on utility efforts to decrease or defer demand for their energy services, which potentially reduces wholesale energy purchases and infrastructure investments. Customers can benefit from their utility’s DSM activities by taking advantage of energy efficiency and load management incentives that can help reduce monthly energy consumption.
This report was published on December 31, 2016, and is available at the Energy Office website here: http://www.energy.sc.gov/files/view/DSM%20Report%202016%2012.30.2016.pdf
PUBLIC ENTITIES STRIVE TO MEET ENERGY CONSUMPTION REDUCTION GOAL
The latest information on South Carolina public entity energy conservation is now available in the 2016 State Agency Energy Cost & Use Report. This report monitors the progress public entities have made toward meeting the mandated 20% reduction in their energy consumption by 2020. The report also provides information on technical assistance available to public entities to help them reach the mandated goal. In 2016, seven public entities were added to the list of those that have achieved the reduction goal. As a whole, public entity energy use per square foot met the 20% reduction goal in 2016; average energy consumption decreased by 21% from 2000 levels, while average energy spending rose by 1%.
This report was published on December 31, 2016, and is available at the Energy Office website here: 2016 State Agency Energy Cost & Use Report.