solar power http://kuer.org en Residential Solar Users Asked to Pay More for Power http://kuer.org/post/residential-solar-users-asked-pay-more-power <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rocky Mountain Power subsidizes new solar power installations through its Blue Sky program. But it’s also insisting it needs additional money from residential customers who have solar panels on their homes.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://psc.utah.gov/utilities/electric/elecindx/2013/13035184indx.html">Utah Public Service Commission</a> is preparing for a hearing next week on Rocky Mountain Power’s request for residential solar power users to pay four dollars and 65 cents a month to connect their homes to the grid.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:43:14 +0000 Dan Bammes 49597 at http://kuer.org Residential Solar Users Asked to Pay More for Power Salt Lake City Connects New Trio of Solar Power Arrays http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-connects-new-trio-solar-power-arrays <p><a href="http://www.ci.slc.ut.us/">Salt Lake City</a> officials flipped the “on” switch Wednesday celebrating the completion of three large solar projects to power city buildings. &nbsp;1.7 million kilowatts of electricity annually will come from the solar farm connected to the <a href="http://www.mocamanage.com/slcweb/">Public Safety Building</a>, and the city’s operation center at Plaza 349. Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker says Utah’s energy codes are 30 percent less efficient than federal standards and he says leaders at the state level need raise those standards. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:53:37 +0000 Bob Nelson 48417 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Connects New Trio of Solar Power Arrays U of U Research Makes Solar Cells More Efficient http://kuer.org/post/u-u-research-makes-solar-cells-more-efficient <p>University of Utah researches have developed a thin glass film that could boost the overall efficiency of solar cells to more than 50%.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">To achieve the increase in efficiency researches at the U have created a film that is five times thinner than a human hair. &nbsp;It can separate the broad-spectrum rays of sunlight into individual colors, sort of like a prism.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:17:34 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47593 at http://kuer.org U of U Research Makes Solar Cells More Efficient Energy Summit Considers All-of-the-Above Options http://kuer.org/post/energy-summit-considers-all-above-options <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Utah's energy community met Wednesday at Gov. Gary Herbert’s 3<sup>rd</sup> annual Energy Development Summit to talk about the state's all-of-the-above approach to powering everyday life.</p><p>The Republican governor reminded his audience that energy is one of his administration’s top four priorities. He said energy pumps around $5 billion into Utah’s economy each year.</p><p>But Herbert said good jobs and a high standard of living have to be balanced with conserving the environment.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:19:08 +0000 Judy Fahys 47337 at http://kuer.org Energy Summit Considers All-of-the-Above Options Solar Panels Power Worship in Park City http://kuer.org/post/solar-panels-power-worship-park-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Three houses of worship in the Park City area are among 22 facilities with new solar power installations funded by <a href="https://www.rockymountainpower.net/env/bsre/bscpf/cfr.html">Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Blue Sky program allows customers to pay extra on their power bills to support the development of renewable energy projects.</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 19:33:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 45867 at http://kuer.org Solar Panels Power Worship in Park City Environmental Group Fights 'Solar Penalty' http://kuer.org/post/environmental-group-fights-solar-penalty <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An environmental group says it’s a bad idea to hike the cost of clean-energy investments that are good for the community. That’s why the group HEAL Utah is rallying against Rocky Mountain Power’s request to charge solar-panel owners a new fee. HEAL’s Matt </span>Pacenza<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> calls the $4.25-a-month charge a <a href="http://www.my-energy-choice.org/" target="_blank">“solar penalty.”</a></span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:42:08 +0000 Judy Fahys 44860 at http://kuer.org Environmental Group Fights 'Solar Penalty' Rocky Mountain Power Plans Two Megawatt Utah Solar Farm http://kuer.org/post/rocky-mountain-power-plans-two-megawatt-utah-solar-farm <p>Plans were announced Wednesday for the first utility-scale solar project by <a href="https://www.rockymountainpower.net/index.html">Rocky Mountain Power</a>. The 9,000-panel solar farm in Utah will produce enough power to supply 500 homes. Paul Murphy is the company’s spokesperson. He says Rocky Mountain Power is responding to the trend of increased customer desire for renewable energy and tax incentives being offered to keep the initial company investment down.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:24:27 +0000 Bob Nelson 43982 at http://kuer.org Rocky Mountain Power Plans Two Megawatt Utah Solar Farm Lawmakers Caught in Transmission Line Power Play http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-caught-transmission-line-power-play <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As the legislative session winds down, lawmakers find themselves in the middle of a power play between energy businesses over an interstate electric transmission line.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:52:56 +0000 Judy Fahys 43307 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Caught in Transmission Line Power Play KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 9, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-october-9-2012 The countdown continues in our series on the Utah Priorities Project, the Utah State Board of Education selects a new Superintendent, and Rocky Mountain Power announces a plan to help encourage the use of solar panels. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F62805950&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:46:21 +0000 Brian Grimmett 19430 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 9, 2012 Rocky Mountain Power to Expand Incentives for Solar Installations http://kuer.org/post/rocky-mountain-power-expand-incentives-solar-installations <p>Rocky Mountain Power plans to offer 50 million dollars of incentives for consumers and businesses who install solar power panels over the next five years.&nbsp; The Public Service Commission of Utah has approved the utility company’s request for a program that will support 60 Megawatts of new solar energy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 22:35:10 +0000 Andrea Smardon 19397 at http://kuer.org Rocky Mountain Power to Expand Incentives for Solar Installations