Santee Cooper offers low-interest loans to residential customers who have a licensed contractor install photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind energy systems, micro-hydropower systems, biomass energy systems, or solar water heaters. Participation in the utility's "net billing" program is not required, but customers may opt to participate in that program.*
Santee Cooper, through its Reduce The Use program, provides rebates to commercial customers for the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment and measures. Rebates are available on refrigeration, lighting, lighting controls and sensors, air conditioners, heat pumps, chillers, variable frequency drives for air handlers, envelope upgrades, and custom measures. All equipment requirements specified by Santee Cooper must be met in order to qualify for incentives. Contact the utility for equipment requirements before purchasing items.
In July 2008, [http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess117_2007-2008/bills/1141.htm SB 1141] (known as the ''Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes Incentive Program'') was enacted, which amended the sales tax cap to provide for a full sales tax exemption for manufactured homes '''purchased between July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2019, '''if the home has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
South Carolina offers a sales tax exemption for "any device, equipment, or machinery operated by hydrogen or fuel cells, any device, equipment or machinery used to generate, produce, or distribute hydrogen and designated specifically for hydrogen applications or for fuel cell applications, and any device, equipment, or machinery used predominantly for the manufacturing of, or research and development involving hydrogen or fuel cell technologies."
In August 2009, the South Carolina Public Service Commission issued an order mandating net metering be made available by the regulated electric utilities; the order incorporates a net metering settlement signed by the individual interveners, the Office of Regulatory Staff and the three investor-owned utilities (IOUs). The order detailed the terms of net metering, including ownership of RECs, in South Carolina and standardized the structure of net metering programs offered by the IOUs.
South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) provides energy efficiency incentives to home owners in its service territory. Natural gas customers are eligible for rebates on water heaters, gas logs, gas cooktops and furnaces. All equipment must meet program efficiency and installation requirements in order to qualify for rebates. Rebate payments will only be made to the SCE&G electric account holder in the SCE&G territory. Contact SCE&G for more information on this program.
South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) provides energy efficiency incentives to home owners in its service territory. The program partners with the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program to offer a home energy audit and energy saving home solutions through participating contractors. Homeowners who make energy-efficient improvements through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program can save up to $2,500 for eligible improvements.
South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) provides EnergyWise efficiency incentives to any non-residential customers in its service territory which have not opted out of the DSM programs by notifying SCE&G in writing through the Opt-Out form. Incentives cover retrofits, installing high-efficiency equipment during new construction, and replacing old or broken equipment such as high-efficiency lighting, LED traffic signals, HVAC systems and variable frequency drives on HVAC systems. Commercial food service equipment is also eligible for incentives under the program.
Through the SmartChoice program, Rock Hill Utilities offers rebates for water heater and heat pump replacements. Information on financing for heat pumps can also be found on the web site listed above. If both the water heater and heat pump are purchased then the customer may qualify for the Great Rate program. The Great Rate program will add a 25% discount to a customer heating bill during winter months. To qualify for the Great Rate program, the water heater must be equipped with a Smart Switch. This controls the flow of electricity to the heater during peak periods of demand.