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Our customers have expressed a desire to have more renewables on the grid and the ability to select their energy generation sources. This innovative program provides an exciting way for Dominion customers to contribute towards sustainable energy and add more solar power to South Carolina's grid.

Participating customers choose to purchase energy from solar facilities located in communities throughout South Carolina. Program participants then virtually use solar energy, without needing solar panels installed on their home or business.

Our Community Solar program is currently fully subscribed, however, if you are interested in participating you can add your name to the wait list.

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Our Community Solar Partner

Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is a renewable energy solutions provider for utilities and communities they serve. CEC has partnered with Dominion Energy to offer their uniquely branded RooflessSolar™ product commonly known as community solar, to Dominion Energy electric customers across South Carolina. CEC serves as the administrator, managing the customer care and enrollment functions of this program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. Residential customers, churches, schools and municipalities with electric service from Dominion Energy South Carolina are eligible to participate.

There are two different ways to participate, so you can go solar in a new way that best fits your needs and your budget: by Subscribing (or renting) or by Purchasing. Subscribe to panels at a low monthly rate to see instant savings, or purchase panels and see greater savings over the 20-year term of the program.

Please Note: Effective October 15, 2017, our Community Solar program is currently fully subscribed, however, if you are interested in participating you can add your name to the wait list. As customers leave the program over time, we will be adding new customers.

You can subscribe to offset up to 100% of your electrical usage in kilowatt (kW) hours without exceeding 20 kWAC for electric residential customers, or 1,000 AC/DC for schools, churches and municipalities.

Subscription: For subscription customers, there is a monthly fee of $0.20 per Kilowatt of solar capacity subscribed. The average subscriber would pay about $15/year*, and fees are applied to your monthly Dominion Energy bill and spread across your monthly statements. Monthly credits are expected to be greater than monthly fees, providing for instant savings.

Subscription customers can convert to ownership in years 6, 11, 16, and 20, with the option to purchase panels at market value.

Purchase: Initially, a single solar panel (117.5 Watts DC) costs $264, or market value. The average customer will require approximately 55 panels for a total off-set (enough to produce all the power you need). A monthly credit of .10 per kWh will be applied to your electric bill. Cumulative monthly credits are expected to cover your purchase price by the 13th year of the program after which 100% of your bill credits can be applied to your monthly usage charges.

* Estimates are based on the average household electric usage of 1,000 kWh per month. Please speak with a Community Solar Specialist to discuss savings and environmental benefits specific to your electric usage. Consult your proposal and/or contract for specific terms and conditions.

Under the purchase option, customers receive an interest in the solar output (actual generated electricity) of their selected solar panels, rather than an interest in the solar panels themselves. In their sixth year, customers may purchase the panels outright on an as-is basis under the purchase option price outlined in the contract. At that time, the customer would also need to sign an ownership agreement. Ownership of the specified solar (PV) panels would then be conveyed by bill of sale. Customers who do not want to purchase full ownership may opt to simply retain the purchase interest option for the full term of the contract. The Dominion Energy South Carolina bill credit of $0.10 per kilowatt hour remains the same for the full term whether or not the customer elects to purchase the panels outright.

Retaining the ownership of the solar panels allows the solar farm investors to realize the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for qualified advanced energy projects. The savings from the tax credit is reflected in the price of the solar panels available through the community solar purchase option.

After the solar arrays are constructed and your bill credits begin, each month CEC will calculate the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) attributable to each customer in the RooflessSolar arrays based on a pro rata share of the output. Once the kWh usage for each customer is determined, Dominion Energy South Carolina will apply a credit to your bill that is equal to the number of kWh produced.

Subscription customers earn $.01 per kWh, while purchase customers earn $.10 per kWh. The credits are then applied to your bill, reducing the total costs owed to us. If you ever have more credits than what you owe, your credits will carry forward and be applied to future months, as needed.*

Your bill credit will vary from month to month based on the solar panels' production. In months where there is more sunshine, you will have a higher bill credit, and in cloudier months, you will have a lower bill credit.

Sample Credit Calculation (1 month)

Subscription

Purchase

Customer Solar Production

937 kWh

937 kWh

Credit Rate 

$.01 per kWh

$.10 per kWh

Dollar Credits Applied to Bill

$9.37

$93.70

* Estimates are based on the average household electric usage of 1,000 kWh a month. Please speak with a Community Solar Specialist to receive savings and environmental benefits specific to your electric usage. Consult your proposal and/or contract for specific terms and conditions.

The agreement will be between you and the owner/operator of the community solar facilities, Cypress Creek Renewables. The program and enrollment process is administered by Clean Energy Collective.

Because the program is designed to ensure that all of the energy in the community solar facilities is accounted for by a purchaser or subscriber, there are fees associated with terminating or downsizing a contract.

  • Termination Charge is billed when a customer decides to no longer participate in community solar or they final bill their account. The Termination Charge is $50.00/kW and remains this amount throughout the term of the contract.
  • Downsizing Fee is billed when a customer decides they want to lower their contracted share. The Downsizing Fee is $50.00/kW and remains this amount throughout the term of the contract.

In both cases, the fee is billed to the customer by CEC, not by Dominion Energy South Carolina. Also in both cases, if the customer can find another eligible customer to assume their downsized share, the applicable fee will be waived.

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