The state House of Representatives backed the solar industry over South Carolina’s major utilities Thursday, approving a bill that’s intended to save solar jobs and allow more homeowners to put cost-saving sun panels on their roofs.
In a state reeling from high electricity costs, the House voted 64-33 to eliminate a cap that threatened to stop the solar industry’s expansion in the Palmetto State. The fledgling industry is expected to reach the cap sometime this year.
If the cap is not lifted, South Carolina could lose thousands of jobs as alternative energy companies flee the state, many legislators and solar business people say. The measure now needs a routine final approval in the House before moving to the Senate for consideration.
State Reps. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston, and Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, said the House’s vote is a resounding message to state power companies that people need choices, such as solar, that can lower their electricity bills. [click for full article]