Shaw Air Force Base, Duke Energy partner for solar power project

Hunt Southern Group, a Hunt Military Community, in tandem with its military partner, Shaw Air Force Base, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Duke Energy and Hunt affiliate, Hunt Alternative Energy Investments, installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on more than 280 homes. In all, 284 homes have received 5,865 solar panels, helping to offset about 40 percent of the total annual electrical consumption at Shaw Military Housing.

In all, solar energy production at Shaw Military Housing will equate to about 2.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. That amount is equivalent to removing nearly 400 cars a year or 648 tons of waste recycled.

The PV project at Shaw Air Force Base is another success resulting from the collaborative landmark legislation passed by South Carolina’s General Assembly in 2014, commonly known as Act 236. The law provided a framework for customers to install solar on their homes and businesses through strategic programs like the net metering incentive and rebate offerings. As a result, South Carolina is one of the country’s greatest success stories for renewable energy.

Duke Energy’s Solar Rebate Program helped with the costs of the Shaw project and has provided more than $50 million in rebates as an extra incentive for customers who wanted to go solar across its South Carolina footprint.

Shaw Air Force Base joins one of more than a dozen military privatized housing developments throughout the nation to add solar paneling to its homes.

The Department of Defense is the nation’s largest energy user and is focused on reducing energy demand through programs like The Air Force Energy Plan. The plan is focused on developing and utilizing renewable and alternative energy wherever possible as well as changing the user’s culture by increasing energy awareness in day-to-day operations.

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