South Carolina
South CarolinaIn stark contrast to the booming renewable energy industry of their neighbors to the north, South Carolina’s clean energy sector is relegated to a small amount of electricity generated by biomass and hydropower. All in all, renewables make up just 5% of South Carolina’s electricity portfolio.1
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration
http://1.usa.gov/1ChBahL
South Carolina is one of the few states without a renewable portfolio standard and has long strangled its solar industry by outlawing solar leasing and capping the output of commercial and industrial projects.2
Source:
The State, June 2013
http://bit.ly/1BQBd0B
But the state is slowly warming up to renewable energy.

Last year, the state legislature legalized solar leasing3
Source:
The State, August 2014
http://bit.ly/1bD1tXi
 and raised the cap on non-residential solar output by 1,000%.4
Source:
The State, March 2014
http://bit.ly/1BQBBw5
At an event celebrating the new laws, Governor Nikki Haley said “When you look at North Carolina and you look at Georgia, they've been doing pretty well when it comes to solar energy -- and they don't have any more sun than we do.” That’s true, and it shows the power of policy.

South Carolina also has a significant amount of offshore wind potential, and a gradual ramping up of the state’s offshore wind industry would create nearly 34,000 jobs – significantly more than offshore oil and gas drilling would.5
Source:
Oceana, January 2015
http://bit.ly/1OF32D5


Learn more about energy in South Carolina with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.


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