By Shelley Robbins, Upstate Forever and Marriele Mango, Clean Energy Group Published by Energy News Network
The recently passed Energy Freedom Act supports a more resilient, clean energy future for South Carolina by supporting solar PV and battery storage technologies. The act promotes more economical systems for utility customers and requires utilities to explore the investments in solar-plus-storage generation assets. In both cases, recognizing the monetary value of resilience is an essential piece to further solar-plus-storage development in the state. Signed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in May 2019, the Energy Freedom Act, also referred to as Act 62, is the result of years of community and clean energy industry advocacy. Read more here.
Photo by Jason A G / Flickr / Creative Commons: The South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia.
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