Enjoy solar power without buying solar panels.
With our community solar program, Solar Share, you can enjoy the benefits of solar power without the hassles or costs of installing and maintaining your own equipment. Starting at just $6 per month, Solar Share customers purchase shares of the solar generation capacity at Colleton Solar Farm.
Solar Share Pays You Back
A Solar Share subscription lasts through 2033 — if you sign up now, you’ll enjoy the benefits of community-generated solar power for the next 10 years. And Santee Cooper offers Solar Share rebates. Solar Share subscriptions generally pay for themselves with solar credits on your Santee Cooper energy bill in 4-to-6 years.
How Solar Share Works
Pay for a share(s) of the solar farm
Schedule Your Installation
Solar power is distributed to the grid that powers your home/business
Santee Cooper credits participants for their share of generated electricity
Doing your research is always a good move. Check out our Solar Share FAQs below and review the Solar Share Home application or Solar Share Business application. For real-time data on the Colleton Solar Farm, click here.
You also can contact us at email@example.com or 843-946-5951 if you have questions.
Santee Cooper solar customers are subject to the 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 business customers. That standby fee is necessary to recover fixed costs, such as maintenance of generation, transmission and distribution systems, that wouldn’t otherwise be collected from solar customers. The DG Rider ensures 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's current interest rate.
Review Purchase Options
As a Solar Share customer, you still receive the same reliable, on-grid Santee Cooper service. Through Solar Share, however, you can choose how much solar you’d like to purchase to offset your energy usage.
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 past year. You can do this by reviewing your bills for the past 12 months, adding up your energy use for those 12 months, and then dividing by 12.
Review and complete the Solar Share application and select your payment option on the application.
Get Your Share of the Sun
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.
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:
- 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 $1.28 per watt with a $1.00 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: $280
- 2 kW: $560
- 3 kW: $840
- 4 kW: $1,120
- 5 kW: $1,400
- 6 kW: $1,680
Solar Share costs $1.28 per watt and Santee Cooper’s rebate amount is $1.00 per watt. Solar Share is sold per kW, which equates to a rebate amount of $1,000 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, your subscription will pay for itself in approximately 4-6 years depending on your energy consumption.
- Colleton Solar Farm subscription price of $1.28/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 9 years ownership beginning in 2024.
- 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.
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.solar
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.