Spring Meeting Success

Spring2017

Thank you to those who made it to our Spring Meeting and Solar Champion Awards in April at the State Farmers Market!  We had a great turnout to honor our champions who have made a difference in solar in South Carolina and enjoyed the updates from our presenters.

Click below on the links to see the power points that were presented.

Utility Updates 
South Carolina Electric and Gas – Presentation
Mark Furtick, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
Duke Energy/Progress – Presentation
Jason Martin, Director, Distributed Energy Technology
Santee Cooper – Presentation
Nick Safay, Solar Program Outreach Coordinator, Santee Cooper
Rooftop Solar Programs, Nexant
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina – Presentation
John Frick, Vice President for Government Relations

SC PV Soft Cost and Workforce Development Update – Presentation
Elise Fox, Ph.D., Solar Energy Program Manager,
Savannah River National Laboratory

 

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Fall Meeting Presentations

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Thank you for attending our annual fall meeting!  We had over 100 people from across South Carolina and the southeast!

Below is the agenda with links to the presentations from the speakers:

Legislative Forecast
Bret Sowers, Vice Chairman, SC Solar Business Alliance
SBA Presentation

Update: Solar Development in SC
Elise Fox, Ph.D., Materials Science and Technology, Savannah River National Laboratory
Trish Jerman, Program Manager, Energy Office, Office of Regulatory Staff
Savannah River National Laboratory Presentation
SC Energy Office Presentation

Code Update
Don Zimmerman, Board Member, SC Solar Council
Code Update Presentation

PaCE Projects
Bob Long, Chair, Palmetto Clean Energy, Inc.
PaCE Presentation

Utility Updates
South Carolina Electric and Gas
Mark Furtick, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
SCE&G Presentation
Duke Energy/Progress
Jason Martin, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
Duke Energy Presentation
Santee Cooper
Philip Greenway, Senior Engineer, Commercial Energy Services,
Department of Conservation and Energy Efficiency
Nick Safay, Solar Program Outreach Coordinator, Santee Cooper
Rooftop Solar Programs – Nexant
Santee Cooper Presentation
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
John Frick, Vice President, Government Relations
Electric Cooperatives Presentation

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Spring Meeting Follow-up

Thank you for attending the SCSC Annual Awards and Spring Meeting!  With 125 people in attendance, solar champions recognized, informative presentations, and industry networking – we thought it was a success!

Here are links to information and presentations:

Legislative Update
Patricia Pierce, President, Capital Consulting Group of the Carolinas, LLC
H.3874: Legislation, Legislation Summary – 3874 and 626, H.3874 Explanation.April 21
S.626: Legislation, S.626 ExplanationLegislation Summary – 3874 and 626
S. 668: Legislation
CPACE Talking Points.April 3
2014.07 Lender Consent List

Ins and Outs of Solar Leasing
Shannon Bowyer Hudson, Esquire, Deputy Chief Counsel, Legal Department, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff
ORS Energy Office and Act 236 Leasing Update SC Solar Council Spring Meeting 4.22.16

Update – Solar Development in SC
Elise Fox, Ph.D., Materials Science and Technology, Savannah River National Laboratory
SRNL-PV Soft cost and Workforce Development 4-22-16

Utility Updates

South Carolina Electric and Gas: Mark Furtick, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
SCE&G Presentation 4-22-16

Duke Energy/Progress: Jason Martin, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
Duke Energy Presentation 4-22-16

Santee Cooper: Philip Greenway, Senior Engineer, Commercial Energy Services, Department of Conservation and Energy Efficiency
Santee Cooper Presentation 4-22-16

Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina: John Frick, Vice President for Government Relations
SC Electric Cooperatives Presentation 4-22-16

May 26, 2016 /Blog /0 Comment Read More

New Career Training: Solar Technician

New Career Training:  Solar Technician

Greenville Tech will be kicking off 2016 with a new series of Solar Technician classes. These can be taken as stand-alone training professional development training courses, or participants can choose to enroll in their Solar Technician Certificate program.

The classes listed below are scheduled for early 2016. You can register for the courses by calling 864-250-8800; online at www.gvltec.edu/ccd; or by stopping by the Buck Mickel Center located at 216 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greevnville, SC (directly across from McAlister Square).

solar pv install tech

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Partnering With PaCE – Presented 10/28/2015

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Below is information from Leigh Ford’s presentation from the SC Solar Council 2015 Fall Meeting.  Leigh is with the Office of Regulatory Staff.

PaCE’s Mission

  • The purpose of PaCE:  “The promotion, support, research, development, demonstration or commercialization of renewable electric power…”
  • Since 2009, PaCE has bought REC’s from renewable energy facilities in the state.  With the new DER Programs, IOU’s will own the REC’s.

PaCE Needs Your Help

In order to fulfill our commitment to our donors, PaCE is revisiting its mission statement and initiating 2 new programs to bring the benefits of solar power to organizations that could not participate in the IOU DER Programs otherwise:  Schools and Multi-Family Shelters

Schools

Solar Installation Grants for Schools

  • Award up to $61,200 to eligible school for the installation of a 20 kW system
  • Requires matching funds based on district free and reduced lunch enrollment
  • Matching funds can be in-kind donations from installer or suppliers
  • School must meet criteria to receive award

Criteria for  Schools

  • Non-profit
  • K-12 school
  • IOU customer
  • Application includes detailed project cost estimate from a qualified solar provider
  • Cost per watt (DC) does not exceed $3.40, regardless of system size
  • Adequate roof (less than 5 years old) OR sufficient area for ground mount
  • Matching funds or in-kind donations identified

Funding by School Districts

Free and Reduced Lunch enrollment and matching funds:

  • fewer than 50% = 50% of the installation cost
  • 51-60% = 40% of the installation costs
  • 61-70% =30% of the installation costs
  • 71-85% =20% of the installation costs
  • more than 85% =10% of the installation costs

Multi-family Shelters

Solar Installation Grants for Multi-family Shelters

  • Multi-family, supportive housing
    • homeless shelter
    • domestic violence shelters
    • children’s homes
  • Award up to $68,000 for the installation of a 20 kW system
  • No requirement for matching funds
  • Must meet criteria for award

Criteria for Shelters

  • Non-profit
  • IOU customer
  • Application includes detailed project cost estimate from a qualified solar provider
  • Cost per watt (DC) does not exceed $3.40, regardless of system size
  • Facility used day and night
  • Provides housing for at least 10 people on a temporary or semi-permanent basis
  • Adequate roof (less than 5 years old) OR sufficient area for ground mount

 

Fine Print

  • All awards will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Money will be reserved for recipient for 180 days and paid once PaCE receives proof of interconnection with the utility
  • Recipient is encouraged to apply for appropriate DER incentives prior to interconnection with the utility

PaCE’s Request

  • Find eligible facilities in your service area
  • Fill out the applications–available on the website November 16
  • Help PaCE promote solar for everyone
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Sunstore Solar Installs Solar PV Sytem For Especially Auto

Especially Auto’s owner Steve Allen wanted a way to hedge utility costs for his business, while having emergency power outlets for his business in case of an outage. Sunstore Solar’s team of experts helped him accomplish this by installing a 15.75kW Solar Grid Tied PV system with (63) Sharp 250w PV modules and (3) SMA 5000w TL inverters with emergency daytime power outlets on a Unirac SolarMount Engineered roof racking system with an SMA Web Box PV production online monitoring system.

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Solar Installation at Silver Acre Farm in Manning, SC

May Jones at Silver Acre Farm in Manning, SC wanted a consistent, environmentally-friendly way to generate the organic produce farm’s power needs. Working with the solar professionals at Alder-Energy, they installed a system that includes:
Twelve (24) Suniva 250 Watt Modules, an Outback Radian 8kW Inverter, and Twenty-four (24) Trojan L16 batteries.

With the its power generation capacity, plus the robust bank of storage batteries, the system powers the farm around the clock 365 days a year. For emergency situations, the farm uses the power grid as a backup.

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