Utah's solar industry is growing, supported by investments from companies like IKEA, which installed Utah's largest commercial solar system.
Facts on the Utah Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 75 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Utah, employing 1,500 people.
- In 2014, Utah installed 10 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 24th nationally.
- The 39 MW of solar energy currently installed in Utah ranks the state 27th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 6,700 homes.
- In 2014, $31 million was invested on solar installations in Utah.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Utah have fallen by 4% in the last year. National Prices have also dropped steadily- by 6% from last year and 53% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Utah
South Milford Solar Project was completed in 2015 by developer SunEdison. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 3.8 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 700 Utah homes.
- IKEA has installed Utah’s largest commercial solar system on its store in Draper. The 1 MW system consists of 4,228 panels and will generate enough electricity to power over 120 homes annually.
- At 1.65 MW, Salt Palace Solar Project is among the largest solar installations in Utah. Completed in 2012 by Bella Energy, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 300 homes.
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Solar Companies in Utah
There are currently more than 68 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Utah. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 10 manufacturers, 3 manufacturing facilities, 36 contractor/installers, 3 project developers, 8 distributors and 11 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Utah.
Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Utah.
Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.
Finding the right solar company for you:
There are many solar companies in Utah offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.
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DSIRE Incentives Database - Utah – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Utah and across the United States
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