Home Solar + Battery Storage in South Carolina

Why Go Solar in South Carolina?

  • Rising Utility Rates

    While average utility rates remained fairly steady in the last five years, the average utility rate rose 26% since 2008.1

  • Strong Solar Incentives

    South Carolina residents may be eligible for state and utility incentives.2

  • Add a Battery

    With home solar + battery storage system, you can power your most needed lights and appliances during a power outage.3

Did You Know?


In May 2019, South Carolina unanimously passed H3659, the Energy Freedom Act. This bill highlights the state’s support of home solar, and we are excited to be part of South Carolina’s bright solar future.4

 

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South Carolina Home Solar Incentives

  • Federal Incentives

    You may be eligible for the federal ITC, a 26% tax credit.2

  • State Incentives

    South Carolina offers a state-wide tax incentive. You may be eligible to claim a state tax credit of 25% of the home solar purchase and installation costs. The maximum credit that can be applied in a single tax year is $3,500, or 50% of your state tax liability, whichever is less. Taxpayers may carry the excess unused credit may be carried forward for 10 years.2

  • Utility Incentives

    Customers of Duke Energy Progress, Santee Cooper, and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) offer additional incentives based on solar production. For more information, contact your utility directly.

  • Net Metering

    As part of The Energy Freedom Act, South Carolina locked in retail-rate net metering until June 2021, when a new net metering program will be implemented.5

Sunnova Solar Offerings in South Carolina

  • New Solar + Battery Storage

    Our combination solar panel + battery storage offers predictable energy costs and backup energy during grid outages.3

  • New Home Solar

    Enjoy predictable solar energy costs for 25 years with solar panels.

  • Add-On Battery Storage

    Add a battery to your existing home solar system, and power your most needed lights and appliances even when the power is out.3

Go Solar with Sunnova for $0 Upfront Costs

Sunnova offers a variety ways to go solar in South Carolina:

 

Lease
Sunnova Easy Save
Loan or Finance Agreement
Sunnova Easy Own
Steady monthly payments to lease your home solar system equipment – may include an optional escalator. 25-year warranty. Steady monthly payments to own your home solar system equipment.
25-year warranty.

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During a power outage, your home solar system will not work unless you have a battery!

Tesla Powerwall Battery and LG Chem

A solar battery stores excess solar production for later use. The energy stored in your battery can help power your home at night, during times of low solar energy production, or even during a power outage.

If the power goes out, a home solar-only system will automatically turn off. With a battery, your home solar + battery storage system can continue to generate solar energy, charge your battery, and power your most needed lights and appliances.3

With Sunnova SunSafe®, you get solar panels + battery storage installed together. Enjoy increased energy independence, predictable energy costs, and backup power during power outages:3

 

Interested in Adding a Battery?

With Sunnova SunSafe®, solar panels + battery storage are installed together. Enjoy increased energy independence, predictable energy costs, and backup power during power outages:2

Loan or Finance Agreement
Sunnova SunSafe® Easy Own
Steady monthly loan payments to own your solar system equipment and battery. 25-year warranty.

 

We can also add battery storage to your existing home solar system.

With Sunnova +SunSafe® add-on battery storage system, we’ll coordinate any maintenance and repairs for your battery for the term of your agreement.7

Benefits for Sunnova Customers


Monitor Your Solar Production and Battery Charge - Sunnova customers have access to our MySunnova portal, where you can monitor your solar production and battery charge, manage your billing options, and more.

You’re Covered with Our Sunnova Protect™ Warranty - Our Sunnova Protect™ warranty covers your home solar and solar + storage system for 25 years and covers add-on battery storage for the term of your agreement. Our top-of-the-line warranty includes repairs and maintenance6, and our solar offerings may include proactive system monitoring, and a production guarantee.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

If your home solar system is tied to your utility (grid-tied) and you don’t have a battery, your home solar system will not work during a power outage. You will not be able to produce or consume solar energy while the grid is down.

In order to have power during a power outage, you will need a home solar + battery storage system.2

  • During the day, if there is sun: your solar panels will power your home, and any excess energy will charge your battery.
  • At night: your battery can power your essential lights and appliances until it depletes.

Yes! Through our customer portal MySunnova, you can pay your bill online, view your system production, and more.

You can monitor your solar system’s production in the “Monitoring” section of our MySunnova customer portal. The reading of your meter is delayed approximately 24 hours.

To ensure optimal performance of your solar system, Sunnova also monitors every system 24/7 at no additional cost.

Solar panels are extremely durable and built to withstand the elements. As a Sunnova customer, your responsibilities will include:

  • Trim any trees around your solar system that may block the sun from reaching your solar panels.
  • Check that there is no accumulation of leaves, debris, snow, or critters under the solar panels.
  • In more arid climate, you may need to spray your solar panels with a hose to wash off built-up dust and dirt. You can do this while standing on the ground – we strongly advise against you climbing on your roof for any reason.

Each month, you will receive either a bill or a statement from your utility company, in addition to your Sunnova bill. This is because your home solar system will be grid-tied – during times of low or no solar production, you may need to pull electricity from your utility. You may also be eligible for net metering credits for energy your home solar system exports back to your utility.

If the utility company sends monthly statements in lieu of an actual bill with an amount due, you can expect an annual reconciliation of all electricity usage charges and credits.4

1. EIA
2. You may be eligible for a federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) with the purchase of a solar battery. To receive the full federal tax credit, you must have federal income tax liability at least equal to the value of the tax credit. Additional tax credits may also be available for homeowners in certain states and territories. Sunnova makes no guarantees regarding customer eligibility for tax benefits. Sunnova does not provide tax advice. Contact your personal tax advisor for eligibility.
3. The amount of power available from the battery during a power outage is limited, depending on the loads connected, customer usage and battery configuration (i.e. batteries in certain areas may be set up to provide you with the best economic benefit, which may affect the amount of back-up power available). Solar systems and/or batteries may require repairs after weather events and such repairs may be delayed due to forces outside of our control. No assurances can be given that the solar system or the battery will always work. You should never rely upon either of these to power life support or other medical devices.
4. SC Statehouse
5. Sunnova makes no guarantees regarding credit for net energy exported to the electric grid, and any credit provided (now or in the future) is subject to change or termination by executive, legislative or regulatory action.
6. Limitations apply. Refer to your Limited Warranty or Warranty Agreement for details. For batteries, the system warranty is based on the manufacturers’ warranty.

 

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