14 Apr '18, 9am

South Carolina Solar Bill Killed Due To Voting Technicality - Solar Industry

Despite its House approval last week, a pro-solar bill in South Carolina was defeated on Tuesday due to what the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) calls an “arcane procedural rule” raised by the legislation’s opponents. According to SEIA, H.4421 was approved by the state House on a 64-33 vote last Friday. The legislation, introduced by primary sponsor Rep. James Smith, D-District 72, sought to eliminate an artificial cap on net metering – in turn, enabling more consumers to access solar as an electricity option. Vote Solar adds that the bill contained a number of “common-sense consumer protections” that would have expanded solar opportunity in South Carolina, including lifting the 2% cap on the successful net metering program. Net metering makes sure solar customers get a fair credit on their utility bills for the solar power they send to the energy grid – which l...

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