Soil and Water Conservation Districts are local governmental subdivisions of the state of South Carolina, established to provide for land and water conservation and prevent erosion in the state. Soil and Water Conservation Districts may be established by petition of any 25 owners of land lying in the territory of the proposed district; petitions are subject to approval by the Department of Natural Resources. Districts are authorized to establish local rules and regulations pertaining to water and land use and development, and may be assisted in their projects by the Department.
Santee Cooper provides low interest loans to residential customers to improve the efficiency of homes through the Smart Energy loan program. Customers can apply for energy efficient improvement loans ranging from $500 to $20,000 with up to 60-months to repay loans over $1,000. Renewable energy resource loans are also available up to $40,000, with up to 120-months to repay the balance. These loans require no down payment. Combined maximum outstanding loans per customer cannot exceed $40,000.
Santee Cooper, through its Reduce The Use program, provides rebates to residential customers for the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment and measures. Rebates are available on refrigerators, appliance recycling, new and existing homes, air source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, weatherization measures, and water heaters. Rebates require that recipients live in a single-family, all electric home. New Home and Exisitng Home incentives are determined by specified standards and must be verified with Santee Cooper.
Santee Cooper offers low-interest loans to residential customers who have a licensed contractor install photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind energy systems, micro-hydropower systems, biomass energy systems, or solar water heaters. Participation in the utility's "net billing" program is not required, but customers may opt to participate in that program.*
Santee Cooper, through its Reduce The Use program, provides rebates to commercial customers for the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment and measures. Rebates are available on refrigeration, lighting, lighting controls and sensors, air conditioners, heat pumps, chillers, variable frequency drives for air handlers, envelope upgrades, and custom measures. All equipment requirements specified by Santee Cooper must be met in order to qualify for incentives. Contact the utility for equipment requirements before purchasing items.
In July 2008, [http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess117_2007-2008/bills/1141.htm SB 1141] (known as the ''Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes Incentive Program'') was enacted, which amended the sales tax cap to provide for a full sales tax exemption for manufactured homes '''purchased between July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2019, '''if the home has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
South Carolina offers a sales tax exemption for "any device, equipment, or machinery operated by hydrogen or fuel cells, any device, equipment or machinery used to generate, produce, or distribute hydrogen and designated specifically for hydrogen applications or for fuel cell applications, and any device, equipment, or machinery used predominantly for the manufacturing of, or research and development involving hydrogen or fuel cell technologies."
In August 2009, the South Carolina Public Service Commission issued an order mandating net metering be made available by the regulated electric utilities; the order incorporates a net metering settlement signed by the individual interveners, the Office of Regulatory Staff and the three investor-owned utilities (IOUs). The order detailed the terms of net metering, including ownership of RECs, in South Carolina and standardized the structure of net metering programs offered by the IOUs.
South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) provides energy efficiency incentives to home owners in its service territory. Natural gas customers are eligible for rebates on water heaters, gas logs, gas cooktops and furnaces. All equipment must meet program efficiency and installation requirements in order to qualify for rebates. Rebate payments will only be made to the SCE&G electric account holder in the SCE&G territory. Contact SCE&G for more information on this program.