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  • 20 Dec 2017 10:45 AM | SC Solar Council (Administrator)

    Thank you everyone who was able to fill out the 2017 South Carolina PV Soft Cost and Workforce Development Survey. If you were at the meeting but unable to complete the survey or were unable to attend the meeting but would like to help ensure that the data is representative of operations within SC, please fill out the survey using the attached link at your earliest convenience: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017SCPV

    In addition, if you have any comments on the Virtual Job Fair that could help us improve this service, please fill out this quick survey:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VJF_SCSC

    Please contact Elise Fox at elise.fox@srnl.doe.gov or 803-507-8560 if you have any questions.

  • 11 Dec 2017 9:30 AM | SC Solar Council (Administrator)

    Here is the next round of solar classes Greenville Tech is kicking off in January 2018! PDF: Greenville Tech Classes 2018

    Title Begins Number Meets Fee
    Solar Energy Technology Basics (SOL 120 Blended) 01/03/18 182XSOL50101 W, Th & F : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM & two additional F 8:00 AM - 6 $449
    Solar Photovoltaic Systems (SOL 201 Blended) 02/02/18 182XSOL50301 F noon-5 :00 PM & Sa: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM $699

    Scholarships are also available.

    For questions and further information, please contact Joy Finch:

    Joy N. Finch, MS, CET Greenville Technical College Economic Development and Corporate Training Department Head/Professor, Environmental/Health/Safety

    864-250-8155

     Joy.Finch@gvltec.edu www.gvltec.edu/eohs

  • 4 May 2017 1:30 PM | SC Solar Council (Administrator)

    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

  • 9 Nov 2016 3:45 PM | SC Solar Council (Administrator)

    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 PresentationSC 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 UpdatesSouth Carolina Electric and Gas Mark Furtick, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources SCE&G PresentationDuke Energy/Progress Jason Martin, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources Duke Energy PresentationSantee 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 PresentationElectric Cooperatives of South Carolina John Frick, Vice President, Government Relations Electric Cooperatives Presentation


  • 26 May 2016 10:45 AM | SC Solar Council (Administrator)

    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: LegislationLegislation Summary - 3874 and 626H.3874 Explanation.April 21 S.626: LegislationS.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

  • 31 Dec 2015 8:00 AM | SC Solar Council (Administrator)

    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, Greenville, SC (directly across from McAlister Square).


  • 4 Nov 2015 12:50 PM | SC Solar Council (Administrator)

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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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