Solar power is on the rise as far as megawatt-hours [MWh] generated in the state of South Carolina. Although the increase from 2017 to 2018 was more significant, 2019 has still shown a modest increase each month when doing year-to-year comparisons of the same month.
However, when stepping back and viewing this as a proportion of overall electricity generation, South Carolina still has a ways to go until solar makes an impact. Below is the makeup of generation in the state in June 2019.
Legislation passed in May of 2019 that removed the caps on net metering will probably help accelerate the growth of solar again. However, to reduce carbon emissions, utilities are going to have to invest in solar in South Carolina, instead of simply turning from coal to natural gas. While natural gas does emit somewhat lower amounts, it is not a capital investment that is going to keep the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius.
I’ll conduct this analysis at the end of the year and see if the South Carolina Energy Freedom Act linked above allows solar to take off in the second half of this year.