With Gov. Nikki Haley’s signature, South Carolina’s solar bill has become law. The Public Service Commission will hold a proceeding to evaluate rates set for net metering, to determine how much credit solar power users will receive on their utility bills for the power they deliver to the grid. That process will unfold over the next year.
The law represents long months of work by utilities, environmental groups and solar power companies to create policy that will not place an unfair burden on electricity customers. The bill also requires investor-owned utilities to increase use of solar power by 2021, with some estimates projecting as much as 300 megawatts of additional sun power added in the state. At present, S.C. has about seven megawatts of installed solar.