Think of it like a “Groupon” model for solar energy. Residents in Salt Lake County are joining forces to negotiate a bulk discount price on solar-PV panels for their homes. Working with a competitively selected solar installer, community members are tackling the often cumbersome installation process together. The end result – the more people that sign up to install solar on their homes, the lower the cost for everyone. And that means cleaner air and a healthier environment for Utah.
The Salt Lake Community Solar program is the first of its kind in Utah – a unique social entrepreneurship model organized by community members, local nonprofits (including Utah Clean Energy), and local government. As a result of this program, the cost of “going solar” in Salt Lake County has been reduced by roughly 40%. Plus the installation process is relatively painless – the installer is pre-selected, prices already negotiated, and there is a set timeline for installation. Program participants have the added benefits of producing clean, pollution-free energy, locking in their energy rates for 25 years, reducing their carbon footprint, and empowering their communities to be more self-sufficient.
This program is available to Salt Lake County residents through September 21 and plans are currently underway to coordinate a similar effort in the Park City area next year.