Solar panels are not free, despite what you may hear. Solar panels allow you to generate clean energy and can save you money. However, purchasing a solar system, or signing a 20 year lease for solar panels, is like buying a car—you need to do your homework, check prices from several sources, and think carefully about how your needs will be met by the choices you are considering. As you would with any sales pitch, watch out for red flags!
Information You Should Verify
- Does the contractor have any complaints pending at the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Contractor’s Licensing Board?
- Is the contractor affiliated with and/or have membership with local, state and/ or national organizations relevant to the work they are doing?
- Does the contractor have reviews on the Better Business Bureau website?
- Does the contractor have workers’ compensation and liability insurance, and if so, how much?
Solar leasing companies must be certified by the ORS. The ORS maintains a list of certified leasing companies. Ensure your leasing company is certified in South Carolina before entering into a contract.
For more information on solar in South Carolina, visit SOLAR.SC.GOV.
South Carolina Energy Freedom Act
Act 62, known as the South Carolina Energy Freedom Act, was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2019 and signed by the Governor on May 16, 2019. This Act addresses many topics around renewable energy programs and how utilities plan for future energy needs (utility resource planning).
Solar Farm Decommissioning Stakeholder Group
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is directed to develop regulations and guidance on the end-of-life management of solar panels and batteries as well as the decommission of solar projects in excess of 13 acres. The ORS is a member of this stakeholder group, providing data and information to help inform the regulations.
For more information, visit SCDHEC’s website.