4/16/2013 UPDATE: Senate bill 536 up for debate in Judiciary Subcommittee. Join us in support of solar leasing on April 17, 10AM, Room 308 of the Gressette Building on the Statehouse Grounds!
3/19/2013 UPDATE: Despite a disappointing setback in the House, Republican Senator Greg Gregory of Lancaster breathed new life into the solar leasing debate in South Carolina when he, bolstered by strong bipartisan support, introduced Senate Bill 536. The bill is identical to Rep. James Smith's original bill which stalled in the House in February. With Senator Gregory's leadership, solar leasing is back up for debate at the Statehouse, and your voice can profoundly influence this debate!
Please consider making the following two short phone calls. The first one is easy - please call and thank at least one of the following bill sponsors for their remarkable show of leadership and vision:
Senators Gregory (R-Lancaster), Reese (D-Spartanburg), McElveen (D-Sumter), Hembree (R-Horry), Hutto (D-Orangeburg), Lourie (D-Richland), Campsen (R-Charleston), Cleary (R-Georgetown), Allen (D-Greenville), Shealy (R-Lexington), O'Dell (R-Abbeville), Campbell (R-Berkeley), Cromer (R-Newberry), and Hayes (R-York).
The second call should go to your State Senator (phone #s here), asking that he consider adding his name to S.536. Verbal support for the bill is welcomed, but we need firm commitments from the remaining Senators that they will join the current list of 14 sponsors. Only you, their constituents, can make this happen. Prove to yourself today that our representative democracy works!
Electricity rates in South Carolina are going up fast, and few of us can afford it. Fortunately, solar leasing allows the average citizen or organization to get solar panels for little or no cost, and your monthly electric bill goes down immediately. Solar leasing works for churches, schools, hospitals, businesses, and homeowners. Unfortunately, SC law prohibits solar leasing because powerful utilities want you to buy their electricity, not create your own. Let's change that. Sign this petition, and call your state senator and representative to tell them you deserve the right to lease panels and lower your electric bills. Tell them you want Senator Gregory's Senate Bill 536 and Representative James Smith's House Bill 3425 signed into law.