South Carolina’s solar industry could get a boost in the Upstate.
The area’s largest power provider Duke Energy has agreed to keep offering renewable energy for new customers even after reaching its net metering cap this year.
The Post and Courier reports the company reached a deal this week designed to give Duke customers a way to generate their own electric for at least a few more months.
Net metering is a way utilities give solar users credit for every kilowatt they produce at the same rate they would pay for electric.
State lawmakers put the cap on the percentage of utilities’ capacity dedicated to net metering as part of a compromise to create the program in 2014. Duke reached its limit this summer. An effort in the legislature to end the cap failed on a technicality in April.
The temporary extension would have to be approved by the state Public Service Commission. If the extension is approved, customers will have until mid-March to sign up for net metering unless the Legislature extends the program.