Wind, solar, natural gas and new energy initiatives are already playing a vital role in our region's view of energy exploration, development and consumption. North Charleston's Clemson University facility now boasts the world's largest and most advanced Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing facility. Research in our own backyard is shaping how the world will harness wind power, specifically offshore wind power, in coming decades. Additionally, South Carolina recently passed new solar energy measures to allow low-cost solar equipment leasing for commercial and residential applications. Overage electricity generated at work or home may also be sold back to regional utilities to further offset energy costs.
Natural gas is another area of great opportunity. Over the past decade across the U.S., natural gas has moved from a secondary to a primary source of energy. This clean fuel offers a better alternative to coal for both large industrial and commercial / residential applications. Ideally, our region could benefit from a regional natural gas pipeline to bring low-cost, high-quality clean energy to our region.
Clean energy is shaping the way we think about our region...and the way the world thinks about us.