What is Community Solar
The process is simple: interested community members join forces to tackle the solar process together, leveraging bulk-buying power to negotiate significant discounts (up to 20-25% off the average price) with competitively selected solar installer(s). As more community members choose to install solar, the price for all participants declines. Everyone benefits from a more streamlined process, not to mention pollution-free, price-stable solar electricity for decades to come.
Utah Clean Energy recently partnered with the University of Utah and Summit County to help hundreds of Utahns put solar on their homes. Learn more by following the links below:
Summit and Wasatch Counties are giving new meaning to the phrase power in numbers. Community volunteers have come together with non-profit organizations Summit Community Power Works and Utah Clean Energy to launch Mountain Town Community Solar - a program to help residents tackle the solar process as a team, realize cost savings through bulk purchasing power, and energize their communities with clean energy. Learn more here
Back by popular demand, the University of Utah is once again partnering with Utah Clean Energy to bring members of the campus community in Salt Lake, Summit, and Davis Counties the opportunity to go solar. Members of the University of Utah campus community (including alumni, faculty, staff, students, and campus guests) are eligible for a substantial discount on the cost of rooftop solar and a streamlined, simplified solar installation process. Learn more here
Awards and Recognition
Utah Clean Energy's Salt Lake Community Solar received the Utah Sustainable Business Magazine Award for Social Impact and was the Finalist for the 2013 Governor's Excellence in Energy Awards. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker received the 2013 Mayors' Climate Protection Award in recognition for Salt Lake City's supportive role in Salt Lake Community Solar. Utah Clean Energy's own Kate Bowman was honored as one of ten solar "champions of change" by the White House in 2014 for her efforts to promote the expansion of solar energy across all sectors: commercial, industrial and residential.
Utah Clean Energy has administered three Community Solar Projects: Salt Lake Community Solar (2012), Summit Community Solar (2013), U Community Solar (2014) and Susie Hulet Community Solar (2014-2015). Together, these projects have enabled over 2 megawatts of clean, local solar power for Utahns. Over the lifetime of these solar installations, roughly 500 homeowners prevent the emission of over 147 million pounds of CO2. That's the equivalent of taking over 14,000 passenger vehicles off the road in Utah permanently or planting over 1.7 million trees. Every community that has participated in a Community Solar program saw huge increases in the amount of solar installed during the campaigns, putting more solar on the map and more clean energy on the grid!