Lawmakers Vote On Solar Energy Bills

posted by Gary Barboza - 

(Columbia, SC)  --  South Carolina is at what one lawmaker calls a crossroads on the future of solar energy.  

A House committee yesterday voted to eventually eliminate subsidies for homeowners who install solar panels, while another committee voted to lift a cap on the number of homes that can use solar power. 

Eliminating the subsidies could hurt the growth of solar power, but lifting the cap could encourage its expansion.  

Richland State Rep. James Smith tells "The State" how lawmakers choose between those competing interests will decide South Carolina's energy future.  

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