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GV2|The Powerhouse Launches with the Best that Portable Solar Power Has to Offer to Keep Connected

April, 02 2013

GV2 Energy Systems

A new and refreshing company in the portable solar power industry, GV2|The Powerhouse, is distributing the most cutting edge solar products.

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Contractors and churches say Utah’s time for solar power is now

June 16, 2012

Brandon Loomis

Like a lot of people who strolled past the tables and tents at Solar Day Salt Lake on Saturday, Bill Hahnenberger didn't come looking to buy anything. But he did leave with a brochure for a simple solar heat collector box that could assist his gas-fired water heater and save some money.

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Free Solar PV/T Package Valued at $1,200

6/8/12

Dennis N Duce

FREE PVT. Join Sol-Ice, SolarEvolved and UtSEA at the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. Vote for the People's Choice award for a chance to win.

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Throttle Back - What Did You Do Today - Video RGW

03/15/12

Dennis N. Duce

Drive less aggressively helps the environment, your pocketbook, you live life more peacefully. Do your part to reduce your carbon footprint.

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Program helps homeowners upgrade for Energy Efficiency

January 15, 2012

KSL.com

In 2011, more than 1,000 homeowners took advantage of the program, which offered up to $2,000 in cash rebates as incentives to homeowners making the upgrades as recommended in a Home Performance Assessment (HPA).

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Go Green to Stay Black

January 20, 2012

Marie Mischel, Utah Business

Energy-efficient Systems Help your Company's Balance Sheets

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Utah utility’s solar incentive program gets new life

12/29/12

By Steve Oberbeck, the Salt Lake Tribune

A Rocky Mountain Power program that since 2007 has offered financial incentives to encourage Utahns to install solar panels on their homes and businesses gets to stick around for at least another year — and maybe longer.

State utility regulators at the Public Service Commission have told the utility they want it to continue to offer its Solar Incentive Program through the end of 2012 and increase its budget from $314,500 a year to $385,000.

The five-year program was set to expire Saturday.

"Temporarily extending the program for one year will provide more time for the development of an ongoing program," the PSC said in its order, which also indicated it wants the state’s Division of Public Utilities to lead that effort.

Sara Baldwin, a senior policy associate at renewable-energy advocate Utah Clean Energy, said the PSC’s order was an important victory for program proponents.

If the utility’s program had been allowed to expire, those who support solar power development in the state would have faced additional regulatory hurdles to get a similar incentive program re-established, she said.

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Want Solar but can’t make the up-front investment?

1/30/11

Philip W. Stewart

Want Solar but can't make the up-front investment? Contractors do you have clients in this situation? Here is a Solution you should know about.

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Utah renewable energy and energy efficiency industry host home and business tour

September 14, 2011

Utah Solar Energy Association

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—The Utah Solar Energy Association today announced that Utah’s solar, wind, geothermal, and energy efficiency industries will be showcasing residential and commercial properties that incorporate their technologies to the general public in locations throughout the state of Utah.

The event will stretch over two weekends, with sites being showcased in St. George on Saturday, September 17th from 10am-4pm; and in Salt Lake, Summit, and Utah counties the weekend just following on Saturday, September 24th from 10am-4pm.

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PDF versions of the Utah Renewable Energy Conference 2011 Presentations Available Online!

6/29/2011

UtSEA

All the presentations from the Utah Renewable Energy Conference 2011 held on April 19th at the Salt Palace Convention Center are available on the Utah Solar Energy Associatio website. If you came to the conference and want to review what you learned or if you were not at the conference but want to see what you missed, come check it out!

All the presentations are available as PDF downloads and you can access them here http://utsolar.org/index.php/renewable_energy_conference/overview/

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First Wind Celebrates Commercial Operations at Milford II Wind Project

June 15, 2011

First Wind Press Release

First Wind, an independent U.S. wind energy company, hosted a celebratory barbeque event yesterday at the company’s Utah-based Milford Wind project. Local officials and members of the community were on hand to commemorate the start of commercial operations for the 102 MW Milford II Wind project, which officially went on-line last month.

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Solar Salt Lake Receives National Award

May 24, 2011

Salt Lake County / Utah Clean Energy Press Release

The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized the Solar Salt Lake Project with the “Mountain Mover Award,” for helping to remove barriers to solar energy. A collaboration of entities (see below), including Salt Lake County, Utah Clean Energy, and Salt Lake City came together to form Solar Salt Lake, with the underlying goal to make solar energy financially attractive and feasible for citizens, businesses and local government. The award recognizes Solar Salt Lake’s work to make Utah solar projects more efficient and cost-effective, specifically by improving Utah’s interconnection standards and clearing the way for third-party financing in the state.

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Rocky Mountain Power Funds New Solar Array at K-6 Charter School

May 19, 2011

Rocky Mountain Power

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Students at Wasatch Peak Academy, a public K-6 charter school in North Salt Lake City, have been working for months on exciting service-learning projects. On the evening of May 18, students exhibited their projects for parents and community members at the school’s annual Service-Learning Fair.

The projects included a new 10-kilowatt rooftop solar array funded by Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program. Students in the 5th grade learned about renewable energy and coordinated plans for the solar array, which was installed by local contractor Wasatch Sun.

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University of Utah Recognized for Green Energy Use

May 2, 2011

Jeff Robinson

(KCPW News) The University of Utah is being recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Green Power Challenge” for purchasing the third-largest amount of green electricity of all the colleges and universities in the competition. That amounts to more than 85 million kilowatt-hours, or an estimated 31 percent of the university’s total power consumption.

“Every semester that someone registers for classes at the University of Utah, they pay a dollar, and so that allows the university to buy renewable power with this money,” says Ashley Patterson, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the U of U’s Office of Sustainability.

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Governor Says Tech Initiatives Can Power Utah’s Energy Future

4/19/2011

BRANDON LOOMIS

Utah’s future economy depends on responsible energy development including renewables that currently can’t compete with coal, Gov. Gary Herbert said Tuesday in opening the 2011 Utah Renewable Energy Conference.

The governor said he recently met with publisher Steve Forbes, whose magazine had named Utah a top place for careers. Forbes told him Utah’s longstanding status as a cheap-energy state was key. But with that status dependent on coal, and the public clamoring for cleaner energy, he said it’s also important for Utah’s universities and companies to keep seeking ways to make renewables cost-effective.

“The public is demanding now in the marketplace cleaner and yet affordable fuels,” Herbert said.

As a first and easier step, though, he urged Utahns to conserve energy.

“We do need to have a mentality that says, ‘Let’s turn off the lights when we leave the room. Let’s trip chain. We probably don’t need to go to the grocery store every day.”

Part of the 10-year state energy plan his administration released this spring calls for a research initiative among state universities and technology programs. He said he thinks Utahns can solve problems related to renewable-energy storage.

“The best resource we have here in Utah is the human resource,” he said.

Herbert spoke to about 200 people at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, where about 400 had registered for the second annual conference co-hosted by the Utah Solar Energy Association and the Utah Technology Council. Throughout the day, organizers scheduled sessions about renewable-energy projects in the state, clean transportation initiatives and financing and permitting new projects.

Utah, as a commercial hub for the Intermountain West with abundant solar, wind and geothermal prospects, is well-positioned to be a leader, said Wendolyn Holland, an efficiency and renewable-energy commercialization adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy. By maximizing new energy technologies, she told the crowd, Utah can help lead the U.S. out of its economic slump.

“Energy efficiency and renewable energy are the key to our economic growth,” she said.

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Rocky Mountain Power submits largest rate hike request ever

2/7/2011

STEVEN OBERBECK

Rocky Mountain Power is asking for the largest rate hike in its history, a $232.4 million increase that if approved by state utility regulators will raise the typical Utah homeowner’s electricity bill by approximately $120 a year.

And that may just be the beginning.

Due to what it describes as the rising demand for electricity throughout the state, the utility warns Utah consumers may see annual price increases of 8 percent to 10 percent annually for the next decade.

"Our Utah customers are using more electricity than ever before," Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen said.

Low electricity rates are attracting a lot of new industry, which puts pressure on existing generating capacity, he said.

The power company, which filed the rate hike request earlier this week without announcing it publicly, said it needs the 13.7 percent increase to help it deal with the steadily rising cost of producing electricity and to upgrade its existing generating facilities.

The $232.4 million requested increase dwarfs the utility’s previous record high request of $194.1 million in 2006, although in that case the power company eventually settled for a $115 million increase, or a 9.15 percent raise in its rates.

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Giant solar project planned for Iron County

2/7/2011

MARK HAVNES

Cedar City • The sunshine in Iron County will become electric when a Norwegian company fires up a solar project expected to be the largest in Utah, if not the country.

The North America division of Oslo-based Scatec Solar plans to invest up to $500 million in the project, which would place photovoltaic panels on 650 acres of private land northwest of Parowan. Such panels convert direct sunlight into electricity, needing just enough water to keep the panels clean.

Planners say the project will be built in two phases over a couple of years and eventually produce 100 megawatts of electricity that could supply power to up to 80,000 homes.

Luigi Resta, Scatec sales and business development officer in charge of the solar farm, said Iron County is a prime spot for the project because it offers abundant sunshine, affordable land and is near a Rocky Mountain Power substation that can distribute the electricity.

The company has been planning the project for the past four years and will start construction when sale agreements are in place and building permits issued, hopefully by spring, he said.

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Utah among six states to have solar energy zones

11/16/2010

ksl.com

Video Courtesy of KSL.com




Utah among six states to have solar energy zones
December 16th, 2010 @ 6:15pm
By ksl.com
WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday unveiled what he described as a "smart from the start" renewable energy plan that includes two dozen solar energy zones in six states, including Utah.

Comments are being sought over the next 90 days on the draft solar environmental impact statement, which proposes two dozen zones suitable for large-scale solar development that would power as many as 1 million homes.

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Feds identify best places for solar on US lands
A draft plan identifying prime areas for solar energy projects on public lands in the Southwest was released Thursday by the Interior Department in an effort to speed up development.
"This provides a common sense and flexible framework" in the next step to develop a new energy portfolio for the region, Salazar said in a D.C.-based teleconference.

Under consideration in Utah are nearly 17,700 acres, including Iron County's Escalante Valley, Beaver County's Milford Flats South and west central Utah's Wah Wah Valley.

The plan contemplates 677,400 acres of Bureau of Land Management property that also includes Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and California with high solar potential and on public lands with the fewest environmental and resource conflicts.

Utah zones hub of renewable energy

Three of 24 proposed solar energy zones are in desert valleys near Milford and Cedar City. With a big and expanding wind farm as well as geo-thermal facilities, the Milford area is becoming Utah's hub for renewable energy.

"Those areas that have been identified are the sunniest, the most days of sun. So, yes, it's intuitive, a lot of sun means good for solar," said Kent Hoffman, deputy state director of the U.S. BLM.

Levi Belnap, a spokesman for the solar energy industry in Utah, welcomes the new designation. It means the BLM has screened those zones not only for the amount of sun, but to make sure they are level, close to existing or proposed power lines and free from environmental conflicts.

"If those questions are taken out of the picture, it makes it a lot more feasible for a company to come in and invest in Utah, which is good news for us: More jobs, more renewables in the state," he said.


With a big and expanding wind farm as well as geo-thermal facilities, the Milford area is becoming Utah's hub for renewable energy.
Industry interest needed

Several years ago the BLM had three applications from companies that wanted to build solar farms in Utah, but all three withdrew for unknown reasons.

"But there has been interest," Hoffman said. "There's been renewed interest in moving forward in Utah with solar."

To facilitate industry interest, Salazar said the Interior Department will fast-track the permitting process and the U.S. Department of Energy will make millions available in tax credits and loan guarantees.

Belnap believes the Utah legislature hasn't done as much as other states to push utilities into wind and solar energy.

"Potential? Unlimited, right? We have resources that can match anyone in the country, but we don't have a binding renewable portfolio standard," he said.

That jargon means he wants the legislature to set mandatory targets for utilities, not just voluntary guidelines.

Public comment sought

In coming weeks, the BLM will hold 14 public hearings on the solar energy zones in six states, including Utah. A public comment period will be open until March 17, 2011. CLICK HERE for more information.

"We want feedback from the public on these renewable zones so we can incorporate local input," Salazar said.

The plan is scheduled to be released in final form in the fall of 2011. The first meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 2.

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Program bringing solar panels to Utah schools

11/9/2010

KSL

Video Courtesy of KSL.com



SALT LAKE CITY -- The state is using stimulus money to help schools go green. Monday, state and federal officials launched the Solar for Schools energy program at Hillside Middle School in Salt Lake City.

The program is aimed at educating teachers and students about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Gill Sperlin, with the U.S. Department of Energy, said, "It's so many wins, it's hard to imagine. It's all about improving our environment, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, creating jobs through a clean energy economy. And with schools, it's about educating."

As part of the program, solar panels will be installed at 73 schools across 41 school districts in Utah.

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Utah Solar Tour 2010 Saturday, September 25th

9/15/2010

Utah Solar Energy Association Solar Tour Board Committee

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The Utah Solar Tour 2010 took place Saturday, September 25th at homes and businesses throughout Utah!

Visit the Solar Tour section of our website to participate in the virtual tour and see what you missed in the Utah Solar Tour 2010.

We hope to see you next year at the Utah Solar Tour 2011, and at our other exciting events.

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Salt Palace to house largest solar-power installation in country

9/1/2010

John Daley



Photo above: Salt Lake County Mayor Corroon signing a commemorative panel for the announcement of the Salt Palace solar Project with Utah Solar Energy Association member and Bella Energy's regional representative Ron Barness standing by.



SALT LAKE CITY -- One of Utah's biggest public buildings will soon have a new distinction as a showcase for renewable energy.

The Salt Palace Convention Center will soon be home to what would be, if built today, the largest solar-power installation of its kind in the nation.

The solar modules will generate more than 3,330,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year. That's 25% of the Convention Center's annual consumption or enough to power more than 350 homes in Utah.
The project is the brainchild of an unusual public-private partnership. Bella Energy will build the solar array and NexGen Energy will own, operate and maintain the system. Salt Lake County will then buy energy from NexGen at the same fixed rate it would have paid Rocky Mountain Power.

Salt Lake City has roughly 300 sunny days a year with a vast supply of currently unused rays zapping rooftops, like the large space atop the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Wednesday, an announcement aimed at changing that.

"We expect that this project will be the largest rooftop solar in the entire United States," said Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon.

"This project will put Utah at the forefront of the national on-site solar development world," said Ted Rose, vice president of NexGen Energy.

Lights in the Salt Palace garage are currently powered by a 20 kilowatt-array on the building's roof. The new project will dwarf that, covering the entire 600,000-square-foot building with a $10 million system, producing up to 2.6 megawatts -- a quarter of the annual electrical needs of the convention center, enough to power 261 homes a year.

"This solar installation will start moving solar development in Utah and it will put Utah on the map," said Utah Clean Energy Executive Director Sarah Wright.

Federal Subsidies
The $10 million solar energy system is subsidized by $5.7 million in federal money:
$3 million in tax credits
$1.5 million in tax write-offs for depreciation
$1.2 million in federal grant
The project is a public-private partnership, using a power purchase agreement financing model OK'd with new legislation last year.

The complex financing is funded in part by federal tax credits, grants and subsidized bonds through the stimulus -- about $5.7 million in federal money, all told, with no additional energy costs to county taxpayers.

"This project will not cost a dime because we have a private company coming in and doing the installation for us, and then we'll pay our utility bills to them," Corroon said.

In seven years, the county will have the option to buy the system for $800,000.

"What's innovative is its size, and it's a really large kickoff project for a state. It's very unusual to start a solar industry with one big project," said Bella Energy CEO James Welch.

There are still challenges to overcome before this project becomes a reality, including financing and coordinating with Rocky Mountain Power's grid.

"There's regulatory hurdles, there's financing hurdles," Welch said. "You've got to get the numbers to work. You need banks to finance the project."

"We also learn as an operating company and an engineering company how to integrate this large a generation source into our electric network," said Rich Walie, president of Rocky Mountain Power.

This one project alone will double solar capacity in Utah.

The plan is to install 11,319 solar panels in all. Installation is expected to start at the end of the year and be completed sometime next year.

E-mail: jdaley@ksl.com

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In the West, Climate and Energy Policy Is Water Policy

7/19/2010

Dan Grossman and Bart Miller

As the West continues to struggle with a decade-long drought, declining river flows have left major storage reservoirs--like Powell and Mead--only 55% full. Whether these important storage vessels will ever be full again is in question as scientists are concluding that the extended droughts of the past may become the norm of the future. So what should we do about this bleak situation?

If we are serious about avoiding the biggest looming crisis of meeting the water needs of the West, we have to understand the energy-water connection and advance clean energy solutions.

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Intermountain Wind & Solar, a UtSEA business member, recognized for work on Solar for Schools!!!

7/8/2010

Elise Bassett

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SALT LAKE CITY — Going green is the new wave in education, and 73 public schools across the state have solar panels being installed.

Salt Lake City's Rowland Hall became one of the first private schools in the state to become part of the trend Thursday, when the school began installation of 48 solar panels.

"In terms of how much it's going to offset our power, it's a small amount. It's less than 5 percent," said Mary Jacquin, director of sustainability at Rowland Hall.

"What we're just hoping to accomplish is to educate and set an example. It's a great learning opportunity for these kids."

Every teacher on the campus will have computer access for their students so that they can monitor all the data that comes from the solar panels.

"There's a vast amount of data they'll be able to manipulate," Jacquin said. "Like, this amount of power represents x number of cars being taken off the road, or x amount of carbon being produced."

They'll also be able to monitor how much power is generated on each day, and how it is affected by the weather.

"Not only will that data be available to all the teachers and students," Jacquin said, "but there will also be a panel available here in the lobby so that anyone coming into the school can just take a look at that information."

The panels are part of a project that has been in the works for two years. The school has several other sustainability programs in the works.

— Elise Bassett

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Sign on to the Solar Bill of Rights

7/1/2010

SEIA

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http://www.solarbillofrights.us/

This Fourth of July, before you fire up the grill and light up the fireworks, we are asking you for one more act of patriotism to help with a new kind of American independence –energy independence. It is more evident now than ever that we need to move to clean, safe and abundant renewable sources like solar energy.

But we need your help to make it a reality. Please ask your work colleagues, friends and family to join the cause. Take these easy, but significant steps to help guide America toward a clean energy future. Here’s what you can do:

· Send an email to 10 of your work colleagues, friends and family with your note inviting them to sign the Solar Bill of Rights.
· Post a comment on your Facebook profile or tweet about why you signed the Solar Bill of Rights and encourage your friends to sign on too.
· Add the Solar Bill of Rights link to your company’s site if you work in solar or a related field.

These simple steps will help spread the word about our new struggle for independence this Fourth of July weekend.

Thanks for your support!

Visit the Solar Bill of Rights page and sign it! http://www.solarbillofrights.us/

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LDS Church unveils green meetinghouse prototype

4/27/2010

Kristen Moulton

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Farmington » LDS Church leaders Tuesday unveiled the meetinghouse of the future -- and it's a "green" one. They showcased one of five prototypes, a Farmington stake center that sports 156 solar panels, xeriscaped landscaping, even designated parking for electric cars.

"There is something very doctrinally sound when we talk about conservation of resources," said H. David Burton, presiding bishop of the 13.8 million-member faith. Latter-day Saints, he said, might consider their own environmental stewardship. "This is a teaching moment," Burton said. "This aspect of our culture has become a vital part of our DNA."

Journalists from along the Wasatch Front toured the new meetinghouse, which the church built to silver standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
It will be the second LDS building to earn such status. The first was the new Church History Library, completed last summer in downtown Salt Lake City.

The stake center, which can serve three wards, or congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one of five such buildings under construction in Utah, Nevada and Arizona to assess the benefits of going green.

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New Utah State Energy Program Renewable Energy Rebate Application is now available!

4/19/2010

Utah Solar Energy Association

If you attended the Utah Solar Energy Association's Utah Renewable Energy Conference 2010 you learned about the Utah State Energy Program's new Renewable Energy Rebate. You also learned that the application was not yet available, but as of Monday, April 19th 2010 the new rebate application is available!

To see the new application and learn more about the details to qualify for this new rebate visit the Utah State Energy Program's wesite:

http://geology.utah.gov/SEP/stimulus/sep_formula/renew_energy_rebate.htm

Make sure and contact a certified solar contractor in Utah to help you with the application process. For a list of solar contractors visit our Business Member Directory by clicking on the "Directory" tab at the top of this page.

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Utah Renewable Energy Conference 2010

2/15/2010

Utah Solar Energy Association

Now is the time to go solar! Take advantage of the new renewable energy rebate for home & business owners while it lasts!

The Utah State Energy Program will be offering a new rebate for home and business owners that install solar energy. That means if you install solar energy on your home or business you could get a check in the mail for thousands of dollars back! Whether or not you have ever thought about solar energy now is the time to learn about how it can save you money on your monthly bills and increase the value of your home. This year might also be the best time to go solar as more than 50% of the cost may be covered with the available tax credits and the new rebate.

The solar rebate is an exciting new program intended to stimulate economic growth and create jobs, but it will not last forever and everyone will have questions about how it works. To help answer those questions the Utah Solar Energy Association's Utah Renewable Energy Conference 2010 will focus on the new rebate and provide a physical location where you can come and learn about the details of the new rebate and how much money it could save you. In addition, the conference will have information sessions on energy efficiency upgrades for your home, different solar technologies, and other topics. Solar installers and other renewable energy companies will also be on site so you can ask specific questions about how energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades would work for your home or business.

This event will be held on Saturday, March 27th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and it will be located at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus off I-15 at 9750 South in Sandy. Admission is $5 for an individual or $10 for a family, and your conference admission will get you $100 off a solar energy system from any of the solar installers participating in the conference! Register now, and check back often for updates! To register and pay via PayPal use the button below:






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Utah Makes the Grade for Solar and Distributed Renewable Energy

1/12/2010

Utah Clean Energy

Utah Makes the Grade for Solar and Distributed Renewable Energy
Utah Clean Energy helps Utah earn an ‘A’ for net metering policies

In the school of distributed solar and renewable energy, Utah is moving to the head of class, thanks to the efforts of Utah Clean Energy, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and numerous supporters. In a recent report published by the Network for New Energy Choices, Freeing the Grid: Best and Worst Practices in State Net Metering Policies and Interconnection Procedures, 2009, Utah received a distinguished ‘A’ grade on the state net metering report card (redeeming itself from the ‘F’ and ‘D’ it received in the 2007 and 2008 reports, respectively). This annual report evaluates each state’s distributed generation policies and regulations and highlights state efforts to enact best practices and encourage the adoption of renewable energy. Additionally, IREC’s legal team of Keyes & Fox placed Utah in its list of top four states that deserve high fives for their interconnection and net metering best practices. After years of hard work and perseverance, Utah is finally making the grade and getting noticed.

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Provo Utah Passes Net Metering

9/23/2009

DANNY CHANDLER

Provo City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a policy which will allow simultaneous use of electricity from renewable sources and from the city.
The ordinance amends a section of the Provo City Code that formerly banned residential homes with power generators, like solar panels or windmills, from being interconnected with Provo City’s power system.
“This would really allow renewable resources to offset a portion or all of the customer’s energy expenses,” said Kevin Garlick, executive director of Provo City Electric Energy.

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Solar cell phones take off in developing nations

8/21/2009

By Moni Basu and Faith Karimi

(CNN) -- Peter Gathungu walks more than a mile to a shopping center, where he pays a sizable sum to charge his cell phone.
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That's because electricity is nonexistent in Gathungu's hometown of Njoro, in northwest Kenya. Landlines and other forms of communication are not as efficient, so Gathungu and millions of others in emerging nations rely on mobile phones. Charging the phones can be a headache in towns and villages where electricity is scarce.<br />
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Gathungu's troubles may soon be over, though.<br />
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Kenya's biggest mobile phone company, Safaricom Ltd., launched the nation's first solar-charged phone this month. The handset comes with a regular electrical charger and a solar panel that charges the phone using the sun's rays, company CEO Michael Joseph told CNN by telephone.<br />
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Retailing at about $35, the phones were manufactured by Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp. Safaricom plans to make an initial supply of 100,000 phones available.<br />
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St. George ‘SunSmart’ solar project earns award

8/19/09

David Emille

ST. GEORGE - The city of St. George's Energy Services Department has been recognized with a "Smart Energy Innovation Award" for its new solar farm.

SunSmart, a joint program between the city and Dixie-Escalante Electric that was completed in January, is built around the state's largest solar farm, a 100-kilowatt facility housed on 17 acres on the south side of Bloomington.

During a meeting of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems - UAMPS - Aug. 13, St. George received the agency's newest award, which recognizes a municipal utility for "excellence in implementing energy efficiency programs and/or renewable projects."

"St. George's SunSmart solar program is a brilliant concept," said Doug Hunter, UAMPS general manager. "It provides a very viable means for the city's residents to invest in renewable solar generation at a central plant location, and to enjoy all of the benefits, including tax credits, without the hassle and complications of building and maintaining a system in their own back yards. Everyone benefits."

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Feed-in Tariffs for Solar Continue To Spread (NY Times Article)

7/23/2009

Felicity Barringer

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A technician on a rooftop solar power station in Hassleben, Germany.

Variations on the policy that jumpstarted Germany’s decade-long boom in rooftop solar systems are taking root in more cities in the United States.

The policy, called a feed-in tariff, offers small-scale producers of solar energy long-term contracts (usually at above-market rates) for the electricity they sell. Last week, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, which serves 1.4 million people, approved a feed-in tariff that allows homeowners with solar panels a chance to sign up for 10, 15 or 20 years of guaranteed payments. The policy will take effect next January. The city of Gainesville, Fla., adopted a feed-in tariff this spring, as did Vermont. Washington state also has such a policy, and Hawaii is currently considering one.

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New National Requirements For Energy Efficient Light Bulbs!

7/8/09

A.P.

It is a good day for Energy Efficiency! President Obama recently announced the new national minimum energy efficiency requirements for light bulbs. The new requirements will make the hundreds of millions of fluorescent tube lamps that light offices, stores, and factories more efficient, not to mention the millions of reflector lamps sold each year used for flood lighting and spot lighting. According the Department of Energy, the new standards will save up to 1.2 trillion kilowatt-hours over thirty years, an amount about equal to the total consumption of all homes in the U.S. in one year. Businesses and consumers will gain up to $35 billion in net savings and global warming carbon dioxide emissions will be cut by up to 594 million metric tons, an amount equal to the annual emissions of nearly 110 million cars.*


For more information, see ASAP/ACEEE/NRDC press release.

Click here to read the DOE final rule

Click here for the full White House announcement


* The President's announcement cited 594 million metric tons as equivalent to the emissions of 166 million cars. It is likely that their calculation used a higher mpg per vehicle (e.g. 30 mpg).

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Talk to your representative about America’s Clean Energy Security Act of 2009

5/27/2009

UtSEA

Critical decisions are currently being discussed that will have far reaching impact on renewable energy nationwide and in Utah. The Waxman-Markey bill (America's Clean Energy Security Act of 2009) is an exciting first step, but as it has made its way to congress it has been pulled apart and weakened. It is important that we tell our representatives where we stand and how we want them to represent us on this issue.

As part of the American Solar Energy Society we have partnered with Solar Nation in an effort to make our voice heard nationwide. However, this only happens when we take the necessary steps at the state level to tell our representatives how we want them to vote on important issues. The link below to Solar Nation's site provides further information on this issue and an easy way to take action. Please take time to read about this issue, enter your zipcode at the bottom of the page and it will automatically find your representative and you can easily send them a message urging them to take a strong stance on this issue.

http://capwiz.com/re-action/go/HR2454

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Google announces Google PowerMeter partners

5/19/2009

Ed Lu

Google Announces Google PowerMeter Partners!!!

Google PowerMeter is a Google gadget that can show consumers their personal electricity consumption right on a home computer. The software relies on "smart meters" (or other metering devices) as a data source. Over the past several months they've been looking to partner with utilities that are installing (or have already installed) this equipment in their customers' homes. They're energized by their very first Google PowerMeter partners:

* San Diego Gas & Electric® (California)
* TXU Energy (Texas)
* JEA (Florida)
* Reliance Energy (India)
* Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (Wisconsin)
* White River Valley Electric Cooperative (Missouri)
* Toronto Hydro–Electric System Limited (Canada)
* Glasgow EPB (Kentucky)

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Solar 101 thank you and slides from the presentation

5/6/2009

UtSEA Executive Committee

The Utah Solar Energy Association's Solar 101 event at Salt Lake Community College on April 16th was a great success. Thank you to all the presenters and attendees who made it an effective learning environment.

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U.S. To Establish Clean Energy Investment Agency

5/6/2009

Clean Tech Brief

U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation this week that would establish a new independent agency to oversee government investment in clean energy.

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Introducing the Green Academy at Salt Lake Community College

4/30/2009

Salt Lake Community College

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Salt Lake Community College has launched The Green Academy, offering education, training, and workshops in Energy Management, Green Design and Construction, Environmental Health and Safety, and Sustainability across many disciplines.

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Bill to Help Californians Pay for Home Solar Systems and Energy Efficiency Initiatives Passes Senate

4/28/2009

California Political Desk

Bill to Help Californians Pay for Home Solar Systems and Energy Efficiency Initiatives Passes Senate

Sacramento, CA – A bill by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) allowing cities and counties to help property owners pay for solar energy systems and energy efficiency improvements passed the Senate today. The vote on SB 279 was 26-13.

"My bill will remove the primary financial hurdle that deters most homeowners from installing solar panels or making energy efficiency improvements – the upfront costs," said Senator Hancock. "Through this measure, cities and counties can assist homeowners by making solar energy and energy efficiency improvements much more affordable."

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Texas Senate Passes $500 million Solar Incentive Bill

4/22/2009

Jim Vertuno

Texas Senate passes $500M solar incentive bill

Texas Senate passes $500 million solar energy rebate bill to help residents and businesses

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Renewable Energy Fair at Milford High School

4/22/2009

UtSEA News

UtSEA NEWS - Monday April 20, 2009 Milford, located in Beaver County Utah, was the site for a Renewable Energy fair where Milford Valley was designated as one of Utah's Renewable Energy Zones by a legislative joint resolution. Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. supported and acknowledged this historic occasion at the first renewable energy fair at Milford High School.

The Utah Renewable Energy Zone (UREZ) task force invited members of the Utah Solar Energy Association to attend and support the State’s legislative body in its plan to increase the expansion of renewable technology on a commercial scale. Utah Solar Energy Association's (UtSEA) new executive director Levi Belnap and board members Orrin Farnsworth, David Smith and Joan Somerville represented the Utah Solar Energy Association to help establish key relationships with the local and regional educational institutions to help promote an integrated approach to proper training and education of solar PV and Thermal technologies.

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Cap and trade OK, with strings attached

Jeff Postelwait

The idea of a federal cap-and-trade system is becoming more accepted in the power generation industry as a way of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But industry leaders favor a scheme they say will be less expensive to implement.

In a carbon cap-and-trade scheme, emission credits (also called permits or allowances) can be given away freely to regulated entities, sold at a federal auction or distributed using a combination of auctions and allocations.

In general, power producers open to cap and trade favor a system in which the credits are distributed freely rather than auctioned off. They say such a system would allow them to pass on fewer costs to their customers.

Attitudes are changing perhaps because of growing signs from the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency that carbon and other GHGs will be regulated at the federal level soon.

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Solar 101 Today at the Salt Lake Community College!!!

4/16/2009

UtSEA

The Utah Solar Energy Association will host its annual Solar 101 training and panel discussion at the SLCC Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, April 16, 2009, TODAY!


The general public is invited to learn and discuss Solar energy and how light and heat energy provided by the sun. The Utah Solar Energy Association has reserved Room TB203 in the Rampton Technology Building on April 16 from 6:00-9:00 PM. This event is free, and free parking will be available in the lots north of the building. Parking Validations will not be required.


MAP http://www.slcc.edu/locations/images/redwood_map.pdf


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Photovoltaic Systems Classes at SLCC

Jan Harris

Basic Photovoltaic Systems. Session One begins on May 12th and ends on June 4th. Session Two begins on June 2, 2009 and ends on July 2, 2009. Classes will be held at SLCC's Larry H. Miller campus in the MFEC Building, room 207 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Classes start at 6:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm. Thirty hours of instruction will be provided. Tuition is $499.00, the textbook is $80.00. Information contained in the textbook includes material for both the Basic Photovoltaic Systems course and the Advanced Photovoltaic Systems course. This class provides an overview of the design and installation of basic solar photovoltaic systems. Students will learn how to evaluate a suitable site, prepare a basic electrical and mechanical design, choose the electrical and mechanical components required, and assemble them. This class is preparatory to more advanced knowledge and experience needed to become a licensed solar contractor in the State of Utah. Students who successfully complete this class will be eligible to take NABCEP's (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Entry Level Certificate Program.

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Renewable energy bills piling up

March 27, 2009

Jeremy Duda

Advocates in the Legislature are making a push to lower residents’ utility rates, attract businesses to Arizona and ease the burden on the state’s power grid with a series of bills aimed at promoting renewable energy.

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Solar Company Shares Jump On Chinese Energy Subsidy

MARCH 26, 2009

Shara Tibken

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Shares of solar companies soared Thursday after the Chinese Ministry of Finance said on its Web site that it will offer a subsidy for solar energy.

The subsidy will provide RMB20 ($2.93) per watt for projects over 50 kilowatts, according to analysts. Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov said the subsidy is comparable to what California is paying as part of its solar-rebate program.

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Soar Energy Giants Discovering Ontario

Mar 19, 2009

TYLER HAMILTON

A coming green-energy law and the promise of long-term incentives for producers of renewable power have put Ontario on the radar of some big-name solar companies looking for certainty in a volatile marketplace.

This month alone, Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of next-generation solar modules, and solar power supplier Recurrent Energy Inc. of San Francisco have acquired and plan to develop multi-megawatt solar projects in Ontario.

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