South Carolina’s state senate has approved a solar energy bill that proponents say will help homeowners use solar panels to save money on energy costs. The vote, overwhelmingly approved by the senate, will lift restrictions that have done significant harm to rooftop solar in the southern state. 

The solar industry in South Carolina has historically faced significant restrictions thanks to local utility companies killing legislation that would have lifted the limits on solar expansion. Nevertheless, environmentalists and solar officials celebrated the big legislative win as a move in the right direction.

Rebecca Haynes, deputy director of the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, was among the bills’ supporters. “We had a good deliberative process on some pretty groundbreaking clean energy legislation,” she said. “This saves the rooftop solar industry in South Carolina.”

To learn more about South Carolina’s historic back-and-forth with the solar industry, click here