Solar energy: Your guide to going green in South Carolina
There’s plenty of sunshine in South Carolina. That’s perfect for visitors and residents year-round. It’s also a huge benefit in the form of solar energy. Development with companies like ours has made solar energy a rising star in innovation for the state.
Solar energy no longer means bulky cell panels arranged on your rooftop. Not only has technology streamlined hardware, but it has also opened new means for capturing and distributing the energy gathered in solar power.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national nonprofit trade association of the solar company sector in the U.S. It estimates there is currently enough installed solar energy capacity to power 13.5 million homes. By 2025, the SEIA expects that total to approach 30 million U.S. homes.
Today, we’ll examine common questions about this green energy, from how it works to how you can get it for your home or business.
What is a solar farm?
Solar farm is a more common term for a photovoltaic (PV) power station. It’s where solar panels - or PV panels - collect energy from the sun. Solar farms work like any other power plant, by storing and distributing energy.
The solar farm collects the energy, rather than generate it, for example, as a gas plant does.
It’s a good possibility you’ve seen one close by your home or business. Bell Bay Solar Farm is a 10-acre plant outside of Conway is one of Santee Cooper’s many solar farms. Bell Bay has tilting panels, meaning engineers can turn more than 5,000 solar panels to face the sun all day for maximum energy.
Did you know? In 2016, Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard flew around the world in a plane solely powered by solar energy. His flight began and ended in Abu Dhabi in the craft Solar Impulse II.
Can I get panels on my house?
Many factors determine whether a home is eligible for solar panels. They a certain number of hours of sunlight, without trees or other structures obstructing them, and they must be able to fit on the roof. Keep in mind that homeowner’s associations and other entities might prohibit solar panels. Also, renters usually can’t have them installed, without the landlord’s permission.
Luckily, Santee Cooper has a program that can help homeowners and business owners harness the power and savings of a solar provider - without having to put panels on their home or business. This program is called Solar Share.
Did you know? Solar energy generates zero pollution. It’s the ultimate green energy, because it has no adverse effects on the environment and is eco-friendly.
What is Solar Share and how can I get in on it?
Solar Share is Santee Cooper’s program for providing solar energy to customers who don’t have their own PV panels. Santee Cooper’s solar energy is locally produced and is a clean power source available to residents and businesses. It’s even available to those who lease.
All you do: Buy a share and see a reduction to your energy bill through 2033.
You can spread the cost of solar energy in payments from 18 to 30 months. With Solar Share, you don’t need panels or a permit. See a breakdown of savings at SanteeCooperSolar.com.
Did you know? Costs for solar energy can be as low as $16 a month. Register for Solar Share today and maximize this incredible source of green power.
Sources: SanteeCooperSolar.com, conserve-energy-future.com, UtilityDive.com