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Every year millions of people visit South Carolina for its warm weather and sunny skies. From Columbia to Charleston, and Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head Island, residents are leading a rooftop revolution with a list of solar incentives longer than the Grand Strand.
South Carolinians can claim a 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit ("ITC") when they choose to go solar. This means that you can realize substantial savings through solar ownership by deducting 30% of your system's price from what you owe Uncle Sam. South Carolina also offers a state-level tax credit of 25% of your system's price - this allows you to reduce your state tax liability by up to $3,500 per year, while rolling over any unused portion of the credit for up to 10 years.
Utility companies have also warmed up to solar and offer additional incentives that are arguably among the best in the country. For instance, Duke Energy customers are eligible for great upfront rebates based on the size of your system, while SCE&G customers can take advantage of Performance-Based Incentives ("PBIs") as determined by the amount of energy your system produces.
With our EmpowerLoan, you can see some massive savings in sunny South Carolina.
Some of Our South Carolina Solar Installations
5.98kW Charleston, SC
9.10kW Summerville, SC
4.68kW Ladson, SC
6.76kW Charleston, SC
11.96kW North Augusta, SC
43.41kW Rock Hill, SC
Home Solar in South Carolina Is More Affordable than Ever Before
25% State Tax Credit up to $3,500 per year for 10 years
Rebates and/or Performance-Based Incentives (PBIs), depending on utility
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What Our South Carolina Solar Customers Are Saying
Everything was taken care of without me spending anything out of my pocket. It's been great and I'm very happy with my decision to go solar. We haven't gotten our first full bill with Dividend Solar yet so hopefully we'll have it here soon.
Jeff Charleston, SC
We have a house with the grid sun exposure and I just moved into South Carolina from the North. I thought it might be a worthwhile opportunity to have solar power and now I'm very satisfied. Enrollment was pretty simple. They have a fancy website and that was all I need. I haven't talked directly to anybody at Dividend Solar - haven't needed to - so it was painless.
Bob Mount Pleasant, SC
I started looking around online for a solar energy company. I ended up with Alder Energy, which gave me the loan for Dividend Solar. Everybody from Dividend Solar was respectful. They tried to answer any questions that I have. The solar panels are great and exceeding my expectations so far, the whole process was seamless, and the loan was very easy to get. I'm very satisfied, and I know for a fact that for this coming month, I'm not going to have an electric bill to pay.
Domingo Sumter, SC
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The number of solar panel installations in South Carolina jumped significantly in 2015 with the introduction of great incentives from local utilities SCE&G and Duke Energy on top of the South Carolina 25% State Tax Credit. South Carolina has some of the best solar incentives in the country.
SCE&G offers a Performance Based Incentive ("PBI") where the utility pays an additional bonus for all electricity that your system produces. Homeowners receive credits on utility bills (in many cases nearly eliminating the utility bill!) and may also be eligible for a cash payment based on the system's production.
Duke Energy, on the other hand, offers a rebate to significantly reduce the cost of the solar system, providing homeowners with a discount on the upfront cost and helping the overall savings.
On top of the incentives from the utility companies, South Carolina offers a 25% state tax credit – a credit on taxes that you may be paying to the state. This credit combined with the 30% federal tax incentive allows for over half of your system to be covered by tax credits alone!
25% South Carolina State Tax Credit + 30% Federal Tax Credit + Utility-Based Incentives = Great Solar Savings … and one of the fastest-growing solar markets in America.
*Dividend Solar does not provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
Solarize South Carolina is a local community program from Dividend Solar that makes it easy for homeowners in South Carolina to go solar. Dividend Solar partnered with non-profit SmartPower and the leading solar installation companies in South Carolina to launch Solarize South Carolina and help make solar accessible and affordable for thousands of homeowners across the Palmetto State. With great local involvement in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, North Charleston, and throughout the state, the Solarize South Carolina team works with local municipalities and organizations to make South Carolina a leader in solar. Click here for more information.
The combination of Performance Based Incentives, rebates, the 30% Federal Tax Credit, the 25% State Tax Credit, and the ability to offset the high cost of electricity from your utility company make going solar in South Carolina a home run.
When you begin to generate your own solar power, your utility bill can drop significantly. How much you can save will depend on the size of your solar system, your electricity usage, your current utility rates, and other factors. Our team and partners can design a system for you using remote assessment tools, and can present you with a system designed specifically for your home to give you a sense of your expected solar savings.
Working with the best solar installers in South Carolina, Dividend Solar offers our customers a better, simpler way to go solar and save money on their utility bills.
It's easy to switch to solar! We will get your solar system up and running as quickly as possible so that you can start saving money and using clean energy. Inside your home, you won't experience any changes – there's no need to change appliances or make any other alterations. Outside your home, your Dividend Solar Installer will obtain all building permits and design your system to meet your local building codes. Your Installer will arrange the electrical, building and utility inspections and be on-site to make sure that everything is up to code.
Our mission at Dividend Solar is to make it as easy as possible for you to go solar today.
At a high level, energy from the sun is collected by the solar panels on your roof and converted into electricity. This electricity from the panels, which are made up of of photovoltaic cells, is in "direct current" (DC) form, which needs to be converted into "alternating current" (AC) electricity that you currently use in your home. This AC/DC conversion is made by a component called an inverter, which is included with your system. The inverter then channels the usable electricity into your existing power meter, and it can then be used to power your home. When your system generates energy in excess of your home's needs, that extra power is sent back into the grid (a process called "net metering") which in turn lowers the cost of your utility bill. Clean energy + savings!
Since the amount of power your solar system generates is a direct result of sunlight, it will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and will not produce any energy at night. Your home will continue to be connected to your local utility grid, so that you can automatically begin to draw power from the grid whenever you need it. You won't experience any power interruptions; the switch between solar system power and the utility grid happens seamlessly, with nothing to do on your end.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has an Energy 101: Solar video you can watch to learn more about the conversion from sunlight to electricity.
We hope so, and it's easy to find out. Simply enter your information here, and we will give you a call to get your solar journey started. Our customer-focused Installers can quickly evaluate your home's suitability for solar by examining satellite photos of your property, with no cost to understand if solar is right for you.
The cost of a solar power system will vary depending on its size, location, your roof layout and other factors, but rooftop solar systems typically cost between $15,000 and $50,000, with the average being about $30,000 for a 6.5kW (6,500 watts) system. To get a better understanding of how large of a system you'll need, sign up today for a free estimate of your solar savings.
Solar energy systems are durable and built to withstand the wear & tear of outdoor conditions. Your system will operate best when it is clean and in direct sunlight, so periodic rinsing is recommended. Seasonal inspections and trimming nearby trees will ensure your system is delivering optimal energy production. In case you encounter any issues with your system's performance, Dividend Solar's Installation Partners include operations & maintenance services, a 15-year warranty on all repairs and defects, and a system performance guarantee with every EmpowerLoan as part of our service to you.
Solar energy systems are also extremely reliable. Solar has proven to be a dependable source of energy for large office buildings, large retailers and governmental agencies, supplying large quantities of energy. Some of the largest organizations in the world have buildings powered by solar energy, including eBay, Walmart, and the US Air Force. Dividend Solar has incredibly high quality standards and partners with Installers who only use the best equipment – we build your power system to last, and stand by our quality with the system performance guarantee.
Performance monitoring is one of the coolest parts of owning your solar energy system. Each Dividend Solar system includes a special meter that measures your system's solar power production in real time. When you visit the EmpowerPortal, you can see exactly how much electricity you have generated and you can track the production over time.
In addition, the system performance data is also sent to our database, allowing us to proactively detect problems that may be reducing your system's performance. We consistently monitor the actual performance of your system to ensure that it is producing at least 85% of the power guaranteed by your Installer. If your system's performance falls consistently below that level, we'll send an Installer to fix the problem at no additional cost to you.
Now is an ideal time to switch to solar. Solar power can dramatically reduce your utility bill and will protect you from rising utility rates for years to come. In addition, federal, state and local governments are offering generous rebates and incentives to go solar. The federal government offers a 30% tax credit on federal income taxes which has been extended for five years.
Our Installers provide in-depth assistance on all required tax submission forms, which includes identifying all of the potential rebates, acquiring the relevant forms, and preparing the materials for you to sign and submit. We strive to make going solar a hassle-free experience at every stage of the process, including your tax submission.*
*Dividend Solar does not provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? The Dividend Solar EmpowerLoan offers the combination of hassle-free system coverage plus the financial rewards of ownership.
- Low, fixed interest rate
- Savings on your utility bill
- System performance guarantee
- Real-time monitoring
- Free maintenance
- Prepay at any time with no fees
- Maximized financial returns
- You receive the federal, state and local tax incentives instead of a third-party company
With our $0-down EmpowerLoan, Homeowners realize the maximum economic benefits of solar ownership, as well as a full service offering, including performance and maintenance guarantees. We have included the most attractive benefits of a solar lease, while shifting more of the economics back to you, the Homeowner, through ownership. With no out of pocket cost to buy a solar panel kit, the EmpowerLoan makes going solar easier than ever before.
For more details, you can see the many benefits of the EmpowerLoan here.
At Dividend Solar, we've changed the experience of getting a loan. Instead of a time-consuming, paperwork-heavy process with inflexible rules, our loan application process has been described as "simple," "hassle-free" and "the way it should be." If you're a qualified Homeowner, getting a loan has never been easier.
To start your solar journey, simply sign up here or give us a call. We'll have one of our all-stars bring you up to speed on our offerings, understand your energy needs and get a system designed for you - all at no cost to you.