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Business & Labor
3:24 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Rocky Mountain Power Plans Two Megawatt Utah Solar Farm

Typical Solar Panel Farm
Credit File: Rocky Mountain Power

Plans were announced Wednesday for the first utility-scale solar project by Rocky Mountain Power. 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.

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Environment & Public Lands
11:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Geothermal Energy Becoming a Low Cost Option in Utah

A rough diagram of John Loveless' geothermal heating and cooling system.
Courtesy of John Loveless

With the recent cold snap, December’s natural gas bill will be higher for most residents, but there is form of underground energy that is keeping one Utah family warm for almost nothing.

About a year ago, John Loveless had a decision to make. Should he buy into a geothermal technology that uses the earth’s stable ground temperature to heat his home or stay with natural gas?  He could eliminate his natural gas bill, but he would have to pay $19,000 in installation costs for a geothermal system to do so.

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