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.
The Utah Public Service Commission 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.
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.
Environmentalists are applauding President Obama’s proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions by executive action. But Rocky Mountain Power says one group’s criticism ignores what it’s been doing for years.
A new study shows that efficiency programs could save Utah residents and businesses 1.7 billion dollars by 2020. A group of energy experts gathered at the state Capitol last week to present their findings to state officials and representatives from the clean energy community.
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. 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.