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Community Solar Power

Community Solar Power

Santee Cooper's Solar Share program is about pooling resources, saving money and using locally-produced solar power.

You don’t need to own solar panels — you don’t even need to own your home or business. That means affordable, clean power is available to you even if you lease, move or just aren’t able to install rooftop panels. You buy a share based on the size and setup of your home or business and Santee Cooper takes care of the rest.

Get Started!

Research details and pricing of Santee Cooper’s community solar program by reading the FAQs below and reviewing the Solar Share Home application or Solar Share Business application . You can also contact us at solar@santeecooper.com or 843-946-5951 if you have questions.

Santee Cooper solar customers will be charged a Distributed Generation Rider, which includes a standby fee for residential customers of $4.40 per kW per month and $4.70 per kW per month for commercial customers. That standby fee is necessary to recover fixed costs, such as maintenance of generation, transmission and distribution systems, to serve solar customers that wouldn’t otherwise be collected, to ensure those fixed costs are not shifted to non-solar customers

Customers can either pay the discounted subscription fee in full at the time of subscription or apply to enroll in a monthly payment plan. Monthly payment plan terms are based on Santee Cooper’s Energy Loan Program current interest rate.

To help decide how many blocks of Solar Share to purchase and what your best return on investment (ROI) will be, calculate your average monthly energy usage, measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), for the last year. You can do this by reviewing your bills for the last 12 months, adding up your energy use for those 12 months, and then dividing by 12. Once you know your average monthly energy usage, review one of the charts below to see what payback and ROI works best for you.

 

 Average use of 1,000 kWh per month

 Average use of 1,400 kWh per month

 Average use of 1,800 kWh per month

 Average use of 2,000 kWh per month

 Average use of 3,000 kWh per month

Review and complete the Solar Share application and select your payment option on the application.

 Solar Share Home application

 Solar Share Business application

Your bill will show a solar energy credit that’s equal to the energy produced by your share of the solar farm. If you have excess solar generation, which means your Solar Share generation was greater than your energy consumption, you will receive a credit, called the DG Credit, on your monthly bill.

Solar Share Payment Plan

Our Solar Share program makes it easier and more affordable than ever to grab your piece of the sun. Our new payment program lets you spread out the cost of your solar power subscription over 30 months. Get the benefit of solar power right away, at a cost of as little as $10 per month.* At the end of the term, all that earth-friendly solar gets you monthly credit on your bill — all the way through December 20, 2033!

No permits, no panels, and no complex equipment to install. It’s a community solar program designed just for you.

Solar Share Payment Model

Solar Share
(kW)
Buy in “A” Rebate “B” Discounted Price (C=A-B) Months Total Interest Payment Grand Total Estimated PV (kWh) Energy Credit Meter Charge Standby Charge Net Payment* Payback with payment model (yrs) Payback without payment model (yrs)
1 $1,540 $1,050 $490 30 $7.95 $16.60 $497.95 128 $13.61 $2.00 $4.40 $9.38 6.7 6.4
2 $3,080 $2,100 $980 30 $15.90 $33.20 $995.90 256 $27.23 $2.00 $8.80 $16.77 5.8 5.6
3 $4,620 $3,150 $1,470 30 $23.85 $49.80 $1,543.65 384 $40.84 $2.00 $13.20 $24.15 5.5 5.4
4 $6,160 $4,200 $1,960 30 $31.81 $66.39 $1,991.81 512 $54.46 $2.00 $17.60 $31.53 5.5 5.3
5 $7,700 $5,250 $2,450 30 $39.76 $82.99 $2,489.76 640 $68.07 $2.00 $22.00 $38.92 5.4 5.2
6 $9,240 $6,300 $2,940 30 $47.71 $99.59 $3,087.30 768 $81.69 $2.00 $26.40 $46.30 5.4 5.2


*The “net payment” is the approximate monthly payment customers pay after receiving their energy credit from their solar panels and paying the meter fee and standby charges.

 Solar Share Home application

 Solar Share Business application


**Subscriptions start as low as $490 per kW after rebate. Energy credits will be paid through Dec. 20, 2033. Participation requires Santee Cooper payment qualifications, installation of a special meter and is subject to fees, terms and conditions as set forth in the Santee Cooper DG Rider and other program documentation. Assumptions: Colleton Solar Farm subscription price of $1.54/watt. Community Solar rebates are capped at 6 kW of capacity. Determination of excess consumption based on hourly profiles/ratios created using Colleton Solar Farm output (Avg. 2014-2015) and residential load survey consumption data from 2014. Assumes 12 years ownership beginning in 2021. Payback times will vary by customer and depend on your particular energy consumption, applicable interest rate, weather and other considerations.


Solar Share Frequently Asked Questions

Santee Cooper is offering customers the opportunity to subscribe to a share of the capacity at the Colleton Solar Farm. Santee Cooper Solar Share allows customers to own solar output without having to install a rooftop solar electric system at their home or business. Customers will use their share’s output each month to offset the total electricity they need to run their home or business.

Customers can subscribe to the Colleton Solar Farm in 1-kilowatt (kW) increments through an upfront payment. For their subscription, customers will receive a proportional share of the energy produced by the solar farm through Dec. 20, 2033, which they’ll see on their bills in the form of solar energy credits. Because customers are subscribing to a portion of the output of the Colleton Solar Farm, and in turn the energy that portion generates, the solar energy credits on their bills will differ monthly depending on how much solar power is generated that month.

Santee Cooper Solar Share is ideal for customers who:

  • Rent
  • Own a condominium or townhouse
  • Have homeowners associations that don’t allow rooftop solar
  • Don’t get enough sun on their roofs or their homes aren’t situated in a way that rooftop solar would be cost effective
  • Have a roof that cannot support a rooftop solar installation
  • Don’t want the maintenance and upkeep of rooftop solar

The subscription lasts through Dec. 20, 2033.

Solar Share is sold in 1-kW increments, at $1.54 per watt with a $1.05 per watt Santee Cooper rebate and a 6 kW cap for rebates. (The amount per watt and the rebate amount will be reviewed each year.) The cost after rebate up to 6kW is:

  • 1 kW: $490
  • 2 kW: $980
  • 3 kW: $1,470
  • 4 kW: $1,960
  • 5 kW: $2,450
  • 6 kW: $2,940

Solar Share costs $1.54 per watt and Santee Cooper’s rebate amount is $1.05 per watt. Solar Share is sold per kW, which equates to a rebate amount of $1,050 per kW. There is a 6 kW cap for rebates. (The amount per watt and the rebate amount will be reviewed each year.)

After Santee Cooper’s rebate and using the assumptions below, based on the average monthly consumption of 1,300 kWh for an average residential customer, the subscription will pay for itself in:

  • 1kW: 5.8 years
  • 2 kW: 5.2 years
  • 3 kW: 5.3 years
  • 4 kW: 5.7 years
  • 5 kW: 6.2 years
  • 6 kW: 6.9 years

After Santee Cooper’s rebate and using the assumptions below, based on the average monthly consumption of 2,200 kWh for an average residential customer, the subscription will pay for itself in:

  • 1kW: 5.8 years
  • 2 kW: 5.1 years
  • 3 kW: 4.9 years
  • 4 kW: 5.0 years
  • 5 kW: 5.1 years
  • 6 kW: 5.3 years

Payback time is based on these assumptions and could change.

Assumptions

  • Colleton Solar Farm subscription price of $1.54/watt.
  • Community Solar rebates are capped at 6 kW of capacity.
  • Determination of excess consumption based on hourly profiles/ratios created using Colleton Solar Farm output (Avg. 2014-2015) and residential load survey consumption data from 2014.
  • Assumes 12 years ownership beginning in 2021.
  • Payback times will vary by customer and depend on your particular energy consumption, weather and other considerations.
  • Potential income tax implications have not been considered. Participants should consult a tax expert for guidance.

Yes! Our new payment plan options let you spread out the cost of your solar power subscription over 30 months.

During the months when there is less sunshine the Colleton Solar Farm will generate less power, which will reduce the credit for your solar energy during that time period.

As of April 1, all new Santee Cooper solar customers will be charged a Distributed Generation Rider. The rider includes a standby fee for residential customers of $4.40 per kW per month, or $17.60 a month for a 4 kW system. For commercial customers, the rider includes a standby fee of $4.70 per kW per month, or $18.80 a month for a 4 kW system.

That standby fee is necessary to recover fixed costs, such as maintenance of generation, transmission and distribution systems, to serve solar customers that wouldn’t otherwise be collected, to ensure those fixed costs are not shifted to non-solar customers

Your bill will show a solar energy credit that’s equal to the energy produced by your share of the solar farm.olar energy credit that’s equal to the energy produced by your share of the solar farm.

If you move within Santee Cooper’s direct-serve territory, you can take your Solar Share with you. If you move outside of Santee Cooper’s direct-serve territory, Santee Cooper may initiate a Subscription Buyout process. A customer may not request Santee Cooper to repurchase its subscription under any conditions other than a change in the customer’s service address.

Your rebate will be applied before you pay for your subscription.

With Solar Share, customers subscribe to the solar farm’s capacity and receive a share of the overall output at the Colleton Solar Farm that is credited against their monthly energy consumption. In 4 to 6 years and depending on an individual customer’s energy habits and other assumptions, those monthly Santee Cooper savings could cover the customer’s subscription cost, leading to overall electric cost savings over the life of the subscription.

With Green Power, customers buy 100 kWh blocks of landfill gas, solar and wind energy, but they are not subscribed to a portion of the generating capacity. They are paying a monthly premium of $3 per 100 kWh block for using Green Power, which costs more to produce, and Green Power customers are supporting other renewable projects in the state. All proceeds from Green Power sales are used for new renewable power projects.

Your share of energy is produced at the Colleton Solar Farm. Learn more here.


Assumptions
  • Colleton Solar Farm subscription price of $1.54/watt.
  • Community Solar rebates are capped at 6 kW of capacity.
  • Determination of excess consumption based on hourly profiles/ratios created using Colleton Solar Farm output (Avg. 2014-2015) and residential load survey consumption data from 2014.
  • Assumes 12 years ownership beginning in 2021.
  • Payback times will vary by customer and depend on your particular energy consumption, weather and other considerations.
  • Potential income tax implications have not been considered. Participants should consult a tax expert for guidance.


If you have specific questions about solar, please contact us at solar@santeecooper.com or 843-946-5951