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Duke providing new option in solar energy participation

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Duke Energy customers can participate in the renewable solar marketplace without installing solar panels in their homes or businesses.

Customers who subscribe to solar energy through the Shared Solar program will receive a monthly bill credit for the value of the energy produced by their subscription, according to a news release.

The program is powered by two new facilities in Anderson County — a 2-megawatt facility near Piedmont and a 1-megawatt facility in Pelzer — developed and owned by Soltage, an independent renewable power provider that develops, finances and operates solar and solar-plus-storage projects across the U.S., the release said.

"This program is a great opportunity for any customers who are unable to put a solar facility on their property to access renewable energy," Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, state president for Duke Energy in South Carolina, said in the release. "We estimate that a typical residential customer will be credited more than $200 per year from their Shared Solar subscription. Customers are not only saving on their electric bill, they are directly supporting a renewable energy future in South Carolina for generations to come."

To enroll, participants pay an application fee and a one-time charge to reserve their share of the solar plant. Once accepted, the customers will begin seeing shared solar monthly credits based on solar production and a small monthly per kilowatt subscription fee on their bill to support operation of the Anderson County solar facilities, according to the release.

For qualified low-income customers, Duke Energy Carolinas will waive the application cost and initial fees. Customers should contact their local community action agency for assistance determining eligibility. Space is limited and program reservations will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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