Palmetto Clean Energy News & Solar Energy Blog

Save South Carolina from Getting Double-Whammied on Solar

Late last month, President Trump's Administration decided to levy tariffs against solar panels imported into the United States  to the tune of 30%.  His decision to impose these tarrifs was ostensibly to protect U.S. manufacturing capability, but it was   opposed   by nearly every renewable energy group, as well as many conservative groups. Now that the decision has been made, what is the impact for South Carolina?  The state supports 3,000 solar jobs, more than 50 solar businesses, and has been ranked as high as #2 in fastest solar job growth and #1 in solar capacity growth over the last several years.  However, the new tariffs are projected to impact South Carolina solar growth, with some projections   showing   that South Carolina could be the 5th-most affected state in the country.  Although these tariffs phase-out after four years, there remains a larger, more immediate, and self-inflicted threat to the growth story of South Carolina renewable energy: The   expiration  of fair-crediting for rooftop solar installations in the form of net-metering.
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Keep South Carolina Renewable Energy Great!

Legislators reconvened in Columbia this month to address some of the most pressing issues facing the Palmetto State, and at the top of the priority list is SCANA's failed nuclear plant and its aftermath.  Not surprisingly, given this epic disaster, SCANA has put itself up for sale and recently found a willing buyer in Virginia-based Dominion Energy.  Santee Cooper is likely next if Governor McMaster gets his way.
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Nuclear Plants at the Expense of Clean Energy

You might not have noticed this, with all the pitchforks out for SCANA in South Carolina, but the U.S. Department of Energy is making the same mistake that South Carolina lawmakers made 10 years ago. Currently, it’s actively trying to bail out old, legacy, nuclear plants at the expense of cleaner, more efficient renewable energy at an estimated $10 billion cost to the American taxpayer.

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Energy Efficiency Importance

Stripped down to its essentials, energy efficiency importance simply means getting the most out of every ounce of energy allotted to you. It melds minimalism and conservation into one happy approach and gives a channel to practice these ideas. Without a doubt, this bare-boned lifestyle turns into quite a profitable benefit for every person who takes hold of it. But it also comes with much more than the bare essentials. You get the whole package, layered in meaning and service beyond your interests, and that package is something you can embrace with all your heart.

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Solar 101: What Is Net Metering?


Solar energy opens a world of fresh air and clean resources. It helps support and sustain the environment, and it gives people amazing control over their electricity bills. Even better, people in many states can further the benefits they get from solar through net metering. Not only are you making your own power with help from the sun, you're getting credited for power you make that returns to the grid. 

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President Trump should say no to tariffs on solar.

Last week, the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. came out with recommendations to impose new tariffs on imported solar modules. These tariffs could increase the price of solar panels by up to 35%, while also limiting the number of panels that can be imported into the US. President Trump has the ability to override these recommendations and not impose these penalties. Here's what he should take into account:

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Famous Buildings That Have Gone Solar

Homeowners aren’t the only ones going solar around the world. Famous buildings are adopting their own solar arrays! These iconic spots are realizing the benefits of sustainable energy for the environment, and they’re now running on solar power.

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Student Uses Solar Energy To Power Personal Devices

Jacob Wilmoth, mechanical and aerospace engineering senior, bought two solar panels and a battery this past summer. “I wanted to play around with solar panels and batteries, so I started off with a solar panel kit off of Amazon,” Wilmoth said.

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5 U.S. Towns Are Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

As President Donald Trump stands his ground on fossil fuels and works to roll back America’s climate and clean energy policies, cities around the country are committing to renewable energy ― and a handful already get all their power from sources such as wind and solar.

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Powering 11,000 Homes

It experiences harsh, cold winters, but Michigan is now home to a 200,000 panel solar array on a 250-acre site. The Lapeer solar park is operational and generating enough renewable energy to power 11,000 homes, it was announced Monday. It is one of the largest utility-owned solar parks east of the Mississippi River, Detroit based DTE Energy said in a statement. 

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5 Reasons Why Solar is not a Do It Yourself Project

Who doesn’t adore the idea of a zeroed out energy bill? Trust us: everyone does. As more and more economic-minded people discover the power of solar energy, and what that power means for their budget, they leap right into the sunny throes of solar panels. After all, those brilliant, warm rays could illuminate their way to thousands in savings.

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It's Time To Re-Think Our Rebuild: Climate Change

In the wake of massive hurricanes that caused over $200 billion in damages in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, it’s time to plan for a stronger, more energy resilient system.  As these weather patterns continue to intensify, consider this: seven of the top ten most damaging hurricanes in U.S. history have occurred since 2005 — not including Irma and Harvey.

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