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Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021

South Carolina PSC Strikes Down Duke Resource Plan

COLUMBIA, SC and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) rejected Duke Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the Carolinas and directed the utility to modify its existing and future IRPs in response to input from the solar industry.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Solar Leases in South Carolina Get Property Tax Exemption

COLUMBIA, SC and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, South Carolina’s state legislature passed H. 3354, which exempts leased and third party owned residential solar systems from property taxes. This exemption is already in place for solar customers that own their systems. The new legislation puts all solar customers on equal footing when it comes to tax treatment. H. 3354 prevents solar customers from getting double taxed and will help to support South Carolina’s growing rooftop solar market.

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020

Arkansas Group Joins National Solar Trade Association, Strengthening Solar Advocacy in the Southeast

WASHINGTON, D.C. and LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) is now an official SEIA state affiliate. AAEA becomes the 19th SEIA affiliate and builds on a growing network of solar advocacy groups in the Southeast region. These formal partnerships help to connect regional groups to additional resources and the national effort to promote solar growth in markets around the country.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019

Broad Coalition of 65 Businesses Urge Senate to Pass S.C. Energy Bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C. – A large coalition of 65 businesses of all sizes are urging the South Carolina Senate to pass the Energy Freedom Act, which was unanimously approved in the state House last month.

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2019

Coalition Rolls Out 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda for 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A coalition of solar industry groups, conservation organizations, and clean energy advocates announced today the release of a 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda, calling on state lawmakers to pass a suite of policies in the first 100 Days of 2019 that will inject competition into South Carolina’s energy sector. The campaign will include over 750,000 contacts across key legislative districts in every region of the state in order to stress the need for legislative action by April 10 – the 100th day of 2019.

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018

SEIA: S.C. Legislature Misses Chance to Reduce Energy Costs, Grow Solar Jobs

Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expressed disappointment over the lack of action on solar policy in the Palmetto State. Going forward, SEIA calls on the 2019 South Carolina Legislature to pass legislation that eliminates the state’s net metering cap and encourages utilities to buy more low-cost solar power from independent producers.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Solar Industry Groups Call on TVA to End Delays, Commit to More Solar at Quarterly Board Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of tomorrow’s Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board meeting, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and its affiliate, the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA), are requesting greater transparency in the utility’s solar programs and a commitment to solar development on par with neighboring states.  

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018

SEIA Says S.C. Legislature’s Failure to Pass Solar Bill Puts 3,000 Jobs at Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expressed disappointment that a pro-consumer, pro-solar jobs bill that passed the South Carolina House with a strong majority vote on Friday was defeated on Tuesday due to an arcane procedural rule raised by opponents to the measure.  

Friday, Apr 06, 2018

S.C. Bill to Lift Net Metering Cap Passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill that will eliminate an artificial cap on net metering from rooftop solar installations, allowing for more people to have solar energy as an electricity option, is moving forward in South Carolina. The legislation passed the state House on a 64-33 vote yesterday. Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) encouraged the state Senate to pass the measure expeditiously to support solar’s rapid growth in the state.   Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, SEIA’s vice president of state affairs:  

Friday, Mar 09, 2018

The Solar Industry Welcomes Legislation Encouraging More Solar Energy Development in Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) welcomed news that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law the 2018 omnibus energy bill. The measure, Senate Bill 966, encourages the growth of renewable energy in the Commonwealth by designating 5.5 gigawatts of solar and wind energy to be in the public interest and initiating a process to modernize the state’s power grid to make adoption of renewables easier.  

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