Shaw Air Force Base, Duke Energy Join Hands for New Solar Project

Duke Energy’s Solar Rebate Program helped with the costs of the Shaw project and has provided more than USD 50 million in rebates as an extra incentive for customers who wanted to go solar across its South Carolina footprint.

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Hunt Southern Group along with its military partner, Shaw Air Force Base, has collaborated with Duke Energy and Hunt affiliate, Hunt Alternative Energy Investments, installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on more than 280 homes.

In all, 284 homes have received 5,865 solar panels, helping to offset approximately 40 percent of the total annual electrical consumption at Shaw Military Housing.

Commenting on the development, Hunt Military Communities, Vice President, John Hoyt said, “Installing these solar panels will not only reduce our dependence on foreign fuels, but will allow us to save money in utilities, money which will be directly reinvested back into housing. This is definitely a win-win situation.”

In all, solar energy production at Shaw Military Housing will equate to approximately 2.4 million kWh per year. That amount is equivalent to removing nearly 400 cars a year or 648 tons of waste recycled.

The PV project at Shaw Air Force Base is another success resulting from the collaborative landmark legislation passed by South Carolina’s General Assembly in 2014, commonly known as Act 236.

The law provided a framework for customers to install solar on their homes and businesses through strategic programs like the net metering incentive and rebate offerings. As a result, South Carolina is one of the country’s greatest success stories for renewable energy.

Duke Energy’s Solar Rebate Program helped with the costs of the Shaw project and has provided more than USD 50 million in rebates as an extra incentive for customers who wanted to go solar across its South Carolina footprint.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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