Residential Solar Initiative for EarthCraft Homes Rebate

June 16, 2009


The South Carolina State Energy Office began the Residential Solar Initiative to demonstrate and encourage the building of homes with solar hot water heating systems. Homebuilders can receive a rebate for every home built with a solar hot water heating system, along with promotion from the State Energy Office as a builder with experience in installing solar hot water systems. Homebuilders are eligible if they build an approved EarthCraft Home with a solar water heating system certified by the Solar Rating Certification Council or the Florida Solar Energy Center. A maximum of $20,000 in total rebates has been allocated for this initiative. Twenty rebates of $1,000 each will be awarded to builders for approved installations. Only new installations (completed after application approval) qualify. Builders submit an application, and after approval, they have 180 days to install a new solar hot water system in the home. After the installation is verified, the State Energy Office will issue a rebate to the homebuilder.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: South Carolina
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: South Carolina Energy Office
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
Incentive Amount: $1,000 per home
Equipment Requirements: Certified by the Solar Rating Certification Council or the Florida Solar Energy Center
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Project owner


Name: Richard Horton
Organization: South Carolina Energy Office
Address: 1200 Senate Street
Columbia SC 29201
Phone: (803) 737-8034

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.