WASHINGTON, DC – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley today signed legislation that removes some restrictions on solar development and prompts utilities to invest in or acquire a certain amount of solar by 2021. In response to the bill becoming law, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president for state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, issued the following statement:
"We are pleased that South Carolina has taken a first step toward allowing for greater solar development, although we recognize that the new law is limited in its scope. While it could potentially lead to more than 500 megawatts (MW) of capacity being installed in the coming years, solar development under this law will greatly depend on its implementation in the coming months. We look forward to working with the Public Utilities Commission during the implementation process, and we hope that someday all South Carolinians will be able to exercise energy choice and the state will be able to fully take advantage of its considerable solar resources."
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.