If you were in a sunny spot during August’s solar eclipse, you probably watched in awe as the moon stole the sun’s light for a minute. In just an hour, the energy generated by the sun is strong enough to power the needs of the planet for an entire year. And yet solar power makes up only a sliver of our total energy production.
Here in the Lowcountry, postcard-perfect vistas and oak-lined roads suggest a life exempt from modern concerns. But for some homeowners, the financial and environmental benefits of solar power have made high-tech solutions attractive. Because many communities are private, homeowners in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton may have to confront bureaucracy to install environmentally friendly technologies. While the solar industry keeps improving in efficiency and aesthetics, community covenants have been slow to adapt.