The South Carolina House has voted in favor of the latest version of the Energy Freedom Act, a comprehensive solar energy bill that will sustain all segments of the solar market in the state.
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The bill eliminates caps on net metering and ensures fair market access for developers of utility-scale solar projects. Equally important, the bill asserts that it is “the intent of the General Assembly to expand the opportunity to support solar energy and support access to solar energy options for all South Carolinians.”
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) joined with other parties in months of engagement after a less comprehensive bill failed in 2018. This process, coordinated by the Office of Regulatory Staff, helped to inform appropriate policy elements ultimately enshrined in the legislation. The bill will now head to the Governor Henry McMaster's desk for his signature.
“We applaud the leadership in both the House and Senate,” said Bryan Jacob, Solar Program Director at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Conservative leaders in South Carolina are demonstrating how bi-partisan legislation can preserve sustainable solar markets providing both economic and clean energy benefits for the state.”