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Solar Regulation Comments Due

Fri, 01/31/2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) reminds interested parties, including consumers, the deadline to file comments on the agency’s Notice of Drafting new regulations for the sale or lease of solar panels is Monday, February 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. The regulations will provide consumer protection guidelines which, at a minimum, will include appropriate disclosures sellers and lessors must provide consumers. Those interested in filing comments should send their views in writing to:

            Kelly Rainsford, Deputy of Regulatory Enforcement
            South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
            P.O. Box 5757, Columbia, S.C. 29250

SCDCA and the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) held a forum open to the public on Thursday, January 9, 2020 where attendees presented their views on potential topic areas for inclusion in the regulation. The information gathered during the forum and written comments received will help shape SCDCA’s proposed regulation. An additional opportunity to present comments will be provided once the proposed regulation is released. 

SCDCA processes and mediates consumer complaints against businesses regulated by DCA, refers complaints that fall within another agency’s jurisdiction and mediates those complaints against businesses that are unregulated. To file a solar complaint, visit our website and click “How Do I…” then the “File a Complaint?” option. 

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education. To file a complaint or get information on consumer issues, visit or call toll-free, 1 (800) 922-1594.