What Should You Pay For Solar In South Carolina?

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Solar power in South Carolina

We ranked South Carolina 10th in the nation for the most attractive state to install solar panels on your home and the quickest payback period for solar.

However, South Carolina wins our award for the 2017 Rising Star amongst the solar states.

SC has mid range electricity prices at around 13 cents per kWh but given the tier structure of retail power prices the cost per kWh can rise such that high power users are more likely to be paying 14-15 cents per kWh.

However the South Carolina personal solar tax credit (link below) combined with a great level of sun exposure and the 30% Federal tax credit makes solar a phenomenally good investment for homeowners.

Most homeowners can get a payback period as short as 5-6 years leaving them free to enjoy 20 years of living without a power bill after this time.

Those lucky folks that happen to live in the North and East of the state and are in the Duke Energy Carolinas territory can also get a $1 per watt upfront rebate.

For these people you must be crazy to not install solar power on your home.

Those in these territories can get a payback as quick as 4 years and then 21 years at least of living without a power bill.


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Solar power in South Carolina

South Carolina solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2019
Price shown before incentives

7 Years 9 Months

Average payback time


Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


levelized cost of solar energy


If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 13.89kW system

This 13.89kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in South Carolina is $252, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.

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How much do solar panels cost in South Carolina

$3.64 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$4.03 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

17.7¢ cents/kWh

Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in South Carolina

The pros of installing solar panels in South Carolina are insane with such good incentives. With net metering, state tax credit and federal tax credit installing solar power is a no brainer. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

To be honest there isn't really any cons to installing solar for your home or business in South Carolina. Go for it!

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Best brands of solar panels

To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so whilst solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.


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How much electricity will solar panels produce in South Carolina

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Columbia area solar panels installed on a south facing 24 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,350kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.


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What rebates, solar tax credits and other solar incentives are available in South Carolina?

State Solar Tax Credit

South Carolina has a great statewide solar tax credit.

It is 25% of the cost of a system but it is limited to a maximum claim for $3,500 per year.

However, you can claim the remaining portion of the tax credit above $3,500 per year in future tax years and so it is fair to say it is a true 25% solar tax credit.



Duke Energy Progress Customer Scale Solar Rebate Program

This program offers Duke Energy Progress Customers $1 per watt to install solar panels for their homes.



Net metering in South Carolina

All of the major utilities in South Carolina offer net metering meaning you can bank on the full retail value for each kWh of power.

South Carolina Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in South Carolina we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.


You can either use our full monty solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you require.



What you can find out about installing solar panels in South Carolina using our full monty solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.


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Going solar in South Carolina

Check out all of the ways energy providers of South Carolina can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Find your local rebates and incentives

Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.

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