Duke Energy Progress program to provide solar energy for South Carolina customers

Duke Energy Progress is launching an affordable option for customers that will enable them to share in the economic benefits from the output of a single solar power facility — providing customers another choice that will continue to grow renewable energy in South Carolina.

The Shared Solar Program is available to all qualified Duke Energy Progress residential and nonresidential customers including those who hold tax-exempt status, those who live in multifamily housing or rent homes, and those who may not otherwise have access to solar energy.

Customers who subscribe to solar energy through the Shared Solar Program will receive a monthly bill credit for the value of the energy produced by their subscription.

The program will be powered by the Whitney M. Slater Shared Solar Facility developed by Pine Gate Renewables and located in Dillon County near Lake View, S.C.

Duke Energy Progress serves electric customers in the northeastern part of the state, including Florence, Darlington and Sumter counties.

Participants in the program will pay a monthly subscription fee of $6.25 a kW in addition to initial fees to join the program. These program costs are in addition to the customer’s regular energy bill.

The monthly fee funds the customer’s share of supporting the operation of a solar facility located in the Pee Dee region. By subscribing to the Shared Solar Program, the customer will receive a monthly credit from Duke Energy Progress equal to the amount of solar energy the customer’s share produced.

Participating in this program will not impact customer usage or the way they pay their bill.

For qualified low-income customers, Duke Energy Progress will waive the application cost and initial fees, a $120 value. Customers should contact their local community action agency for assistance determining eligibility.

The Shared Solar Program is a result of the historic collaborative effort in South Carolina to grow solar jobs and give customers choices as to how they live their energy future.

As a result of Act 236 — landmark legislation passed by South Carolina’s General Assembly in 2014 — Duke Energy and its customers have helped make South Carolina one of the country’s greatest success stories for renewable energy. More than 5,000 of the company’s South Carolina customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, and in 2017, South Carolina jumped to No. 8 in the country for the amount of solar installed during the year.

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