Duke Energy has proposed a new program to expand renewable energy options for its commercial and industrial customers in South Carolina.
According to Duke Energy, the proposed Green Source Advantage program – currently available only in North Carolina – is designed to provide large non-residential customers the option to secure significant amounts of solar or other renewable energy to satisfy their sustainability or other clean energy goals. The program must still be approved by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina.
The program will allow customers to receive bill credits for energy produced by a solar site not located on customers’ premises. The program will also enable customers to retain the renewable energy certificates produced by the facility.
“We’ve received significant interest from our large commercial and industrial customers in offering programs that help them meet their sustainability goals,” says Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president. “The Green Source Advantage program will leverage renewable energy options to do just that.”
If approved, the program would provide up to a total of 150 MW of reserved renewable energy capacity. From that 150 MW, 113 MW of capacity would be reserved for customers of Duke Energy Carolinas, which primarily serves the upstate of South Carolina, and 37 MW of capacity would be reserved for customers of Duke Energy Progress, primarily serving the Pee Dee region, including Florence and Sumter counties.
Participation in the program will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating customers must be located in the same utility service territory as the facilities providing the renewable energy, but those facilities can be located in either North Carolina or South Carolina.