A Bargain: Coastal flea market adds solar panels to save

By The Associated Press

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the flea market recently installed almost 750 solar panels at its 47-acre site - an installation expected to cut electric costs more than 80 percent.

 

LADSON, S.C. (AP) — The owners of the Coastal Carolina Flea Market in Ladson know a bargain on solar energy when they see one.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2aX1Qvj ) the flea market recently installed almost 750 solar panels at its 47-acre site - an installation expected to cut electric costs more than 80 percent.

The newspaper reports it's the largest private, self-financed solar installation on the South Carolina Electric & Gas grid that takes part in the utility's bill credit program. That program allows customers to credit solar production to power bills.

The array at the flea market generates enough power for 45 homes.

The Solar Industries Association says that statewide about 17 megawatts of solar capacity has been installed in South Carolina - enough to power 1,900 homes.

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