Utah has tremendous untapped solar potential, but a long way to go to fully utilize it. Currently Utah has approximately 20 MW of installed solar, but the state has the potential for 6,000 MW of rooftop solar and 2,404 GW of utility-scale solar. To help enable the growth of Utah’s solar market, Utah Clean Energy is partnering with Salt Lake City to launch the Wasatch Solar Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways program.
Accelerating Solar Development
The Wasatch Solar Project will propel Utah’s solar market towards a cumulative capacity of 1,075 MW of solar PV by 2024, by addressing major barriers and developing actionable strategies. Salt Lake City and Utah Clean Energy – together with a broad set of stakeholders – will lay out comprehensive strategies with clear action-oriented recommendations to accelerate solar deployment in a 10-year solar plan for Utah.
Solar in Emergency Preparedness
The Wasatch Solar Project will also explore opportunities to integrate solar into Utah’s emergency preparedness planning. Working with leaders in Utah’s health care industry and higher education, Utah Clean Energy and Salt Lake City will focus on a solar in emergency preparedness pilot project that can be readily adopted and replicated to foster community resiliency.
Growing the Solar Market in Utah
In an effort to facilitate market certainty in Utah, the Wasatch Solar Project will coordinate a net metering cost-benefit analysis of the value of rooftop solar with broad stakeholder input, and initiate a replicable Commercial Property- Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing program for Utah. These project objectives will create a path for continued solar price reductions, increased market penetration, and improved market certainty for Utah’s solar industry and consumers.