What is a solar electric system?
A solar electric system or photovoltaic (PV) system, converts sunlight into electricity that can be used in your facility.
Will I still have electricity when there is no sunlight?
Yes, if you are interconnected to Santee Cooper’s electrical grid, Santee Cooper will serve your facility’s electricity needs when there is inadequate sunlight.
How do I know what system size to purchase?
The size of the system you choose will depend on a few factors, such as the amount of money you want to invest, the amount of electricity you want to produce, and the amount of space you have for installing solar panels. You should review your old electric bills to help determine how much electricity your business typically uses. A qualified Santee Cooper SE Trade Ally or NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional can help you to determine what size system is right for your facility. For a list of qualified Santee Cooper SE Trade Allies, please contact email@example.com or (843) 347-3399 ext 3910.
Do solar PV systems require maintenance?
The type of maintenance that may be required of a system is dependent on the particular system you purchase. Please consult your solar installer and manufacturer to find out if any additional maintenance will be needed.
What happens to solar generation through my solar PV system during an electric outage?
It depends on your system. Systems with battery backup will continue to have power. Systems without battery backup must shut down until the outage has been restored. Having electricity run into the grid from a solar electric system is a safety hazard for anyone working on the power lines.
Do systems with battery backup qualify for a rebate?
Rebates are available for the solar electric portion of a system but not for the battery portion of the system. The rebate is based on the installed capacity (kW AC).
Does Santee Cooper install solar panels?
No, Santee Cooper does not install solar panels. To qualify for a rebate, you must choose a SE installer from our list of qualified solar Trade Allies or a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional. For a list of qualified Santee Cooper SE Trade Allies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Santee Cooper finance solar panels?
Financing options are available for Santee Cooper’s residential Customers only.
What if my facility is not suitable for solar panels?
If your facility is not suitable for solar panels for any reason, participating in the Solar Share program may be a more viable option for you. Solar Share is a community solar program that allows Customers to subscribe to a portion of the energy generated by a Santee Cooper-sponsored community Solar Farm, without having to install a solar PV system at your facility. Customers subscribe to a certain number of blocks (measured in kW) to support the community Solar Farm, and receive a pro-rated share of the energy produced by the Solar Farm in the form of bill credits.
What are renewable energy credits (RECs)?
A REC represents the property rights to the environmental, social, and other non-power qualities of renewable energy generation. In exchange for rebates offered by the programs, Santee Cooper will retain the ownership of all RECs associated with Customer installation of rooftop solar electric system and Customer subscription through the Solar Share program.
If I expand the size of my system, can I apply for another rebate?
Yes, applications for increasing the size of a system are subject to the Program Manual, rebate caps, Terms & Conditions and other rebate program criteria in place at the time of acceptance of the rebate application. The total rebate per Customer over the life of the program is capped at 6 kW.
Who will help me apply for the Santee Cooper Solar Business rebate?
All qualified Santee Cooper Trade Allies or NABCEP certified PV Installation Professionals can assist in the rebate application process.
What happens if I move out of Santee Cooper’s territory?
Solar Share – If you move out of Santee Cooper’s territory, Santee Cooper may buy back your solar subscription at a depreciated value, depending on the number of years you have held the subscription. Email email@example.com for more information. o Solar
Business – If you move out of Santee Cooper’s territory, the next Business owner will be required to sign an amended Interconnection Agreement and receive the credits outlined in the current DG Rider if the next business owner is interested in retaining the PV system interconnected to Santee Cooper’s grid.
Can the Rebate Application be submitted by the Trade Ally on behalf of Santee Cooper’s Customers?
Yes, as long as the Customer signs the application.
Should I submit the rebate application before or after I install a solar PV system?
The Rebate Reservation Worksheet needs to be submitted prior to installing a solar generation system. The Interconnection Request Application needs to be submitted and approved by Santee Cooper before you can begin a solar installation on your Business/business. Once the installation is completed, you may submit the rebate application to Santee Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does being approved for interconnection guarantee a rebate?
No, the Interconnection Request Application and the Rebate Application are two separate components of the program. Rebate approval is contingent upon fulfilling all of the program requirements. For more information, please review the Program Manual.
Do I need to submit proof of interconnection approval when submitting my rebate application?
No, Santee Cooper will perform an internal check on the status of your Interconnection Request Application.
Is there a cap on the system size I can install?
The rebate is capped at the lesser of 6 kW or the Customer’s historic peak kW over the past 12 months. However, non-residential Customers may install systems up to 100 kW. Any additional capacity installed over 6 kW will not be eligible for rebate.
Can Customers with existing systems apply for a rebate?
Solar Business rebates are intended for solar systems installed on or after December 1, 2017. If your system was installed prior to this date, please contact Santee Cooper at email@example.com to receive more information about your options.
If I own two facilities in Santee Cooper’s territory, can I obtain a rebate for installing solar PV systems at both locations?
As long as the two facilities have their own meter base numbers and meet the program requirements, it is possible to obtain rebates for two systems.
How soon after submitting my completed application should I expect to receive my rebate?
Typically, rebates are mailed within 6 weeks of Santee Cooper receiving a completed Customer Rebate Application.
Does Santee Cooper provide one-to-one net metering?
Santee Cooper does not provide one-to-one net metering. However, Santee Cooper does credit customer-generated energy that is consumed by the customer at the full retail rate. Any generated energy that is exported back to the grid is credited to the customer at the rate specified on the most recent Distributed Generation Rider.