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Solar Energy in South Carolina

Solar Panels in South Carolina

There are currently at least 132 solar panel installations throughout the state of South Carolina right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in South Carolina

The average monthly solar radiation level in South Carolina's capital city, Columbia, of 5.16 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 38% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 22% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ South Carolina values listed here are based on the capital, Columbia.

Solar Radiation in South Carolina

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average South Carolina solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ South Carolina values listed here are based on the capital, Columbia.

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Solar Installs in South Carolina

Solar Panel Installations in South Carolina

A look at solar installs in South Carolina. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in SC vs. the cumulative install total of rest of SC counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in South Carolina

There are currently at least 132 solar panel installations throughout the state of South Carolina right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in South Carolina
    • Greenville County: 19 solar installs
    • Charleston County: 16 solar installs
    • Pickens County: 10 solar installs
    • Horry County: 8 solar installs
    • Beaufort County: 8 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 71 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in South Carolina

South Carolina Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in South Carolina averaged 12.79 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in July 2017, which was approximately 3% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.12¢/kWh in July. [2]

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South Carolina Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in South Carolina averaged $24.78 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in July 2017, which was about 40% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $17.75 per Mcf in July. [3]

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More about South Carolina

About South Carolina

South Carolina ranks 24th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 4,625,364. [4]

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Solar Energy in SC

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in South Carolina, or for additional solar-related resources in SC, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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About half of the sun's energy is absorbed by the Earth's surface; about 30 percent is reflected back from the surface.

Cities in South Carolina

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