May Greenville meeting.

The Energy System Freedom of Ownership Act
~Samantha Siegel

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Greenville meeting:
The Energy System Freedom of Ownership Act
21 May: 7:30 pm.

As electricity rates across South Carolina climb higher each year, South Carolinians want a market place that offers solutions to the strain of rising energy bills. Third party ownership of distributed energy systems like solar panels allows property owners to lower their bills and increase control over where their power comes from.

Around the country, substantial amounts of private capital are being invested in this business model, and legislative bill S.536 ensures South Carolinians will also be allowed to participate in a growing market that will stimulate local job creation while advancing the state's economy.

S.536 allows South Carolinians to become consumers of energy without having to shoulder the high upfront cost of buying equipment like solar panels outright, as opposed to financing them. Through this innovative, free market solution, any business, homeowner, church, school, hospital, retirement center, military base, nonprofit, etc. can lock in affordable, long-term financing rates for electricity produced on their own property.

The bill makes such financing possible by allowing third parties (such as banks, credit unions, etc.) to sell electricity to existing utility customers, a practice which is currently prohibited because SC utilities hold exclusive rights to sell electricity within their service territories. These third parties would not have to be registered utilities in order to lease out solar panels.

UPSTATE S.C. SOLAR FORUM: Bringing Solar to South Carolina

DATE: Tuesday, April 22nd - EARTH DAY
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm / Networking & refreshments from 6:00-6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion plus Q&A from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Hughes Main Library - Downtown Greenville, S.C. - Meeting Rooms B & C

Coming in June:
Sunday, June 29 - 2:00 P.M.
Club Picnic Brunch at Cleveland Park

Please join us for a wonderful afternoon picnic near the Fernwood Trail in Cleveland Park. We will gather at 2:00 P.M. in the afternoon, weather permitting, for a pot luck brunch. Sierra Club has reserved shelter #6 (across the stream from the dog park) in Cleveland Park for the afternoon.

There is parking very close to the shelter. Bring your family and friends, plus a dish to share. The Bartram Sierra Club will furnish drinks, utensils and paper goods. Also, bring comfortable shoes if you wish to walk on the Swamp Trail or the Fernwood Trail afterwards.

Hope to see you there! Call Jean Wilder at (864) 244-9630 if you have questions.

Adopt-A-Highway: 2014
The cleanup dates for this year are:
May 17, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
Nov 15, 2014


Sunday, April 27:
• Pinnacle Pass - Rim of the Gap Dayhike, Jones Gap State Park

Volunteers in Action:

• Thanks to Dennis Chamberlain and Frank Hollerman for a great hike in the Nine Times Preserve. 27 people were able to enjoy a beautiful hike.
• Thanks to Jim Majors for 12 years of leading the Bartram Sierra trail maintenance program in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.
• Also, thanks to Ben and Pat Rudd for doing a wonderful job with the Roper Mountain Science Center science fair.

Lawyers Supporting the Environment

Dennis Chamberlain
General Practice • Emphasis on Bankruptcy, Financial & Business Issues.
819 East North Street, Greenville, SC 29601; (864) 331–3069

Frank J. Dana III, CELA
Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation:
Upstate Elder Law, P.A.
Wills and Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Guardianships and
Conservatorships, Estate Administration, Special Needs Trusts
15 Brendan Way, Suite 215, Greenville, SC 29615; (864) 288–7631;

Tom Dudley
• Kenison, Dudley & Crawford, LLC
Construction and Business Law
704 East McBee Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601; (864) 242–4899

Ronald A. Maxwell
With Emphasis on Personal Injury and On the Job Injuries
225 Chesterfield Street, NW Aiken, SC 29801; (803)641–6700
516 West Avenue, North Augusta, South Carolina 29861
(803) 202–1100;

Don Pilzer
Social Security Disability only
300 University Ridge, Greenville, SC 29601; (800) 518–0234

Gary W. Poliakoff
Representing Victims of Personal Injury and Toxic Exposure
and Contaminated Property • We represent no violators of
environmental law.

215 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306; (864) 582–5472

Andrew N. Poliakoff
Workers Compensation and auto accidents.
152 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg SC 29306

• Adopt-a-Highway:

Under our name Sierra Club in green is a blue sign COUNTY WINNER! How cool is that!? The "have pride don't litter" sign hangs below that. (2012/11/14)

Outings & Events:

Volunteer Opportunities

street cleanup

We need volunteers to work on conservation issues. If you are interested, please contact Eric Thompson


The Green Spot:
Top 10 Birds to Control

• Purple Martin, Red-Eyed Vireo, Chipping Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, Common Nighthawk,
Eastern Phoebe, Baltimore Oriole, and House Wren.
• These ten birds, of course, are not alone in consuming backyard pests. Many other species—such as the northern cardinal and blackcapped chickadee—eat insects or feed them to their young during the summer. Yet as summer winds down, your efforts to attract birds
shouldn't come to a halt. "The natural foods you provide in your yard
throughout the year will encourage these songsters to visit again," says Tufts. As a result, the birds may return and combat a new generation of insects the next year.

Send your "GREEN" submissions to: