Natural Gas Laws and Incentives in South Carolina

The list below contains summaries of all South Carolina laws and incentives related to natural gas.

State Incentives

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Revolving Loan Program for Private Entities

The South Carolina Business Development Corporation provides low interest loans for a variety of energy efficiency improvements, including AFV conversions and incremental costs, with qualified project payback periods. Eligible recipients include business and industries; utilities, non-profit organizations, and government entities may be eligible under special conditions. The loan may cover up to 100% of the project costs ranging from $50,000 to $1 million and must be repaid after one and one half times the projected payback period of the loan. For more information, including application deadlines, see the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan website. (Reference South Carolina Code of Laws 48-52-650)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Revolving Loan Program for Public Entities

The South Carolina Energy Office (SCEO) provides low interest loans for a variety of energy efficiency improvements, including AFV conversions and incremental costs, with qualified project payback periods. Eligible recipients include state agencies, local governments, public colleges and universities, school districts, and private non-profit organizations. Private non-profit organizations and local government entities may be eligible for loans of up to 100% of eligible project costs ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 per state fiscal year. For state agencies and public educational institutions, SCEO will provide 70% of each project's funding as a loan and entities may also be eligible for ConserFund Plus grant of up to 30% project cost. For more information, see the ConserFund website. (Reference South Carolina Code of Laws 48-52-650)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Infrastructure Financing

The SouthCarolinaSAVES (SCSAVES) Green Community Program provides low cost financing to eligible government entities, institutions, and commercial and industrial entities for qualified conservation measures, including natural gas and propane vehicle conversions, incremental costs of eligible vehicles, and alternative fueling infrastructure. Financing is available for up to 100% of the project cost ranging from $500,000 to $5 million. Projects must have a payback period of no more than 15 years. The low cost financing is made possible through Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds allocated by the South Carolina Energy Office and issued by the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority. For more information, see the SCSAVES website.

Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit

An income tax credit is available for 25% of the cost to purchase, construct, and install qualified alternative fueling infrastructure. Qualified property includes equipment used to distribute, dispense, or store alternative fuel. Eligible fuels include natural gas and propane. The entire credit must be taken in three equal annual installments beginning with the taxable year in which the facility is placed into service. Unused credits may be carried forward for up to ten succeeding taxable years. A taxpayer may transfer the tax credit to eligible agencies after notifying the South Carolina Department of Revenue. This tax credit expires January 1, 2026. (Reference South Carolina Code of Laws 12-28-110, 12-37-2820, and 12-6-3695)

Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Weight Exemption

A vehicle powered primarily by natural gas may exceed the state's gross, single axle, tandem axle, or bridge formula weight limits by an amount equal to the difference of the weight of the natural gas tank and fueling system and the weight of a comparable diesel tank and fueling system, up to 2,000 pounds. Upon request, the vehicle operator must provide documentation that verifies the weight of the natural gas fueling system. (Reference South Carolina Code of Laws 56-5-4160(M))

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