Wind, solar, natural gas, and new energy initiatives play a vital role in our region's view of energy exploration, development, and consumption. North Charleston's Clemson University facility boasts the world's 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, statewide solar energy measures 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. The primary source of energy in the U.S., this clean fuel offers a better alternative to coal for both large industrial and commercial / residential applications. We could benefit from a regional natural gas pipeline that brings low-cost, high-quality clean energy to our area.
Clean energy is shaping the way we think about our region...and the way the world thinks about us.