York Electric and South Carolina’s 19 other electric co-ops are shining a light on solar energy with a new informational website for consumers, MySCSolar.com. The site includes information about solar basics, finding an experienced, certified contractor to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, a Do the Math page that gives tips to size a PV system for a home, information about financing and tax incentives and a calculator to determine estimated costs and savings. Other sections include a Final Checklist & Questions and provide information about Energy Storage and interconnect requirements and applications.
You can also access MySCSolar.com through a link in YEC’s Renewable Energy section, which also features information about earlier solar initiatives and our Green Power program. As you’ll see, these are not insignificant efforts. Just as electric co-ops like YEC have built our reputation as a trusted source for reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible electricity for almost 75 years, for the last 11 years, we’ve been offering our members a way to support energy fueled from renewable resources with Green Power.
Nationwide, electric co-ops are renewable energy leaders. Co-op capacity includes power generated from wind, solar, small hydro, biomass, landfill gas and geothermal installations. By supporting a wide range of fuels for electric power, YEC and cooperatives nationwide have always strived to reduce costs and keep rates low while ensuring reliable service.
A renewed commitment
Last year, YEC rolled out several programs—all completely voluntary, I might note—to offer interested members a way to support renewable energy. We’ve always stressed our commitment that members will not be subsidizing our renewable energy programs. Our position has always been that both solar and wind must represent viable alternatives in order for York Electric to embrace them.
We’ve always hoped that advances in technology would help this come to pass. Now that technological improvements, lower prices and a new state law have paved the way to making residential solar energy systems more accessible to South Carolina homeowners, we’re continuing our commitment to providing the most affordable, reliable, safe, and environmentally sound electricity.
Visit MySCSolar.com soon! Let us know if you have any questions. And, if some of our earlier renewable energy initiatives interest you, contact Member Services Representative Donna Dessaint at (803) 818-5213. Donna is our point person for YEC’s renewable energy programs.
We’ll have even more good news to share with you in the coming months about projects now in the planning stages.