The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) recently awarded Utah Clean Energy with a 2017 3iAward, recognizing the nation’s best in “innovation, ingenuity and inspiration” in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Award applications were accepted in four categories: Community/Shared Renewables, State and Local, Government Initiatives, Regulatory Champion of the Year and IREC Certified Clean Energy Trainer of the Year. The winners in four categories were based on a prestigious national search.
Utah Clean Energy received the Regulatory Champion of the Year Award for our collaborative effort with Salt Lake City to develop a 10-year solar deployment plan to provide the solar industry, regulators, local governments and utilities with tools to simplify and expand rooftop solar. Thanks in part to Utah Clean Energy’s work on solar, Utah has overcome multiple barriers to solar adoption and has experienced extraordinary market growth. Formerly a nascent market, solar's estimated annual benefit to Utah's economy rose to $300 million in 2016, and the state rocketed from 16th to sixth in the nation for total solar capacity installed.
"We’re proud to recognize our 2017 IREC 3iAward recipients – among the nation’s most extraordinary people, projects and programs making a sustainable energy future a reality,” said IREC Board Chair Larry Shirley.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council increases access to sustainable energy and energy efficiency through independent fact‐based policy leadership, quality work force development, and consumer empowerment. IREC is a 501c3 not‐for‐profit organization that has relied on the generosity of individuals, sponsors and public and private grants since 1982. www.irecusa.org