Last week, the first power provider in South Carolina hit an important clean-energy milestone, but that progress is now likely to stop cold.
It’s a testament to the popularity of rooftop solar that Duke Energy Carolinas is already producing 2 percent of its power from solar sources, years earlier than expected.
But even as thousands of households across the state have adopted the option, the company is now able to stop offering net metering, the program that makes it so attractive.
For the foreseeable future, Duke Energy Carolinas customers that want to install new solar power systems would have to sell everything they produce to the utility at a discounted rate — and buy everything they need to power their home at a retail rate.
Typical solar-powered homes often produce more energy than they need during the day, sending that surplus into a utility’s grid. At night, when the sun is down, those homes draw power off the grid. Net metering ensures customers are given a credit for their extra power that’s equal to what they typically pay. [click for full article]