The ORS is in the process of promulgating solar leasing consumer protection regulations and will be hosting a webinar along with the SC Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) to discuss current laws applying to the solar industry and the pending proposed regulations.
South Carolina Code of Laws §58-27-2660 directed the ORS, along with the SCDCA, to develop consumer protection regulations regarding the sale or lease of renewable energy generation facilities that include the appropriate disclosures to be made by sellers and lessors, as well as an enforcement provision for violations of these regulations.
The ORS received valuable feedback during the comment period after publishing its initial proposed regulations in February 2020 and used that information to draft the current proposed regulations, which were published in the State Register on September 25, 2020.
The ORS and the SCDCA will be hosting a Solar Regulations Webinar on October 15, 2020 from 2 – 3 PM to discuss current laws applying to the solar industry and the pending proposed regulations. Those interested should register in advance.
Individuals interested in commenting on the ORS’ proposed regulations should submit comments in writing no later than 5 PM on October 26, 2020.
These regulations will be subject to review by the General Assembly. To become effective, a joint resolution must be passed by the General Assembly. The ORS hopes to have the proposed regulations finalized by the end of this year so they can be submitted to the General Assembly in early 2021 for review.
For more information on these proposed regulations and how to submit comments, visit the Solar Leasing Consumer Protection Regulations page.