South Carolina Sees The Light About Solar


The American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) hold on South Carolina is weakening. The controversial lobbying organization has been so firmly entrenched that there is a special provision for it in the state’s lobbying law. According to Section 2-17-90: “No public official or public employee may accept lodging, transportation, entertainment, food, meals, beverages, or an invitation to a function paid for or by a lobbyist’s principal.” One of the exceptions, listed as 1b, is “American Legislative Exchange Council conventions and conferences.” Sourcewatch compiled a “partial list” of 15 South Carolina Assemblymen and 7 state senators with past or extant ties to ALEC. This may be changing. The state’s House of Representatives just passed a solar energy bill that appears to show that South Carolina sees the light about solar energy and ALEC.

“This is truly a big deal, a giant step in moving South Carolina forward in renewable energy,’’ said state Rep. Robert Brown, D-Charleston.

“Senate Bill 1189 is a significant step forward in providing customers with more renewable energy choices,” Duke Energy states on its website. “The bill provides consumers and producers of electricity with reasonable choices, fair rates and a foothold for solar energy as an ever-expanding part of South Carolina’s energy future. We will continue to work with South Carolina stakeholders on this important legislation.”


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