Renewable Energy

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South Carolina law “encourage(s) the development and use of indigenous, renewable energy resources.” Renewable energy, which includes biomass, wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, and hydrogen derived from renewable sources can mitigate South Carolina’s dependence on imported energy and help meet state air quality goals.

The Energy Office has focused its efforts on developing biomass, solar, and wind energy sectors, although the office is supportive of all economic development related to renewable energy. For additional information, please click on the sources below.


Though hydrogen does not produce energy, it can be thought of as an energy carrier.

The hydrogen molecule is able to generate power by passing through a device such as a hydrogen fuel cell. In 2004, the University of South Carolina installed a hydrogen fuel cell to provide power for the Living and Learning Center at the West Quad Dorm, a LEED certified building. The fuel cell primarily serves as a research tool for university faculty and students. The installation of a 4.5 kilowatt fuel cell was funded in part by a grant from the Energy Office.

The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance is a non-profit partnership of government, business, academia and citizens working together to enable energy security and to limit our environmental footprint with the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies that are cost-effective, convenient and produced with local resources.