GREENVILLE, S.C. – Duke Energy today launched a solar rebate program designed to help its South Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar on their property.
The rebate is another step forward in implementing Duke Energy’s Distributed Energy Resource (DER) program – a direct result of several years of productive collaboration with the state’s environmental leaders, businesses and community voices, and the creation of historic legislation passed by the General Assembly.
The rebate was approved by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina on July 15.
The DER program is designed to support customer use of solar energy and grow the company’s renewable footprint in the state from less than 2 megawatts today to at least 110 megawatts and potentially 170 megawatts by 2021.
The rebate provides $1/watt-dc for qualified residential customers who install systems up to 20 kilowatts-ac on their property and for business customers who install systems up to 1 megawatt-ac on their property. This means a residential customer who installs a typical 5 kilowatt system could earn rebates of about $5,000 under the program. Likewise, a non-residential customer who installs 50 kilowatts could earn a rebate of $50,000.
Systems installed as of Jan. 1, 2015, are also eligible for the rebate.
“For many of our residential and small business customers, installing solar on their property is a significant investment,” said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy president — South Carolina.
“We believe a rebate coupled with our net metering incentive provides customers a meaningful financial incentive to seriously consider going solar.”
Customers can apply for the rebate through the company’s website at www.duke-energy.com/SCSolarRebates. Successful participants can use the rebate for a purchase or a solar lease agreement. The rebate is payable to the customer or their installer upon completion of the installation.
To qualify, a customer must be receiving electric service from Duke Energy in South Carolina and must own the property where the solar is installed. Because the rebate was established based on solar capacity limits set in legislation, Duke Energy will enable a certain amount of solar at a rebate price and then may adjust the rebate in the future.