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SC Energy Saves

SC Energy Saves was made possible through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Its purpose is to expand residential energy efficiency among underserved communities across the state, and the impact is two-fold… Low to moderate income families benefit from reduced energy costs, and new jobs are created through a community-based energy efficiency retrofit strategy.


Objectives of SC Energy Saves 

  • Increase visibility for energy efficiency strategies and the community economic development industry in South Carolina.
  • Engage new allies and strengthen existing relationships to increase scope, scale, and impact of community-based economic development work in South Carolina relating to energy efficiency retrofit strategies.
  • Advocate for state policies that would provide capital (micro-loans and forgivable loans) to small businesses and non-profits entering into energy efficiency and green enterprises.
  • Expand institutional resources from regional and national funders to support and finance energy efficiency retrofit strategies in South Carolina.

2016 Program Impact

1. SCACED coordinated two educational workshops where over 100 individuals gained valuable information on existing energy efficiency and solar programs in their area.

2. SCACED worked in conjunction with the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Partnership for Southern Equity to co-author "Solar for All," a best-practices guide to help SC utilities make solar accessible to everyone.

3. SCACED members and partners learned about the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) programs created as a result of Act 236 and the associated incentives and benefits.

4. SCACED has and continues to connect CED groups with investor-owned utilities and forthcoming opportunities in residential solar and community and shared solar project development.

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