Nationwide Home Solar Power Contractors and Information
Utah is among a select group of southwestern states that enjoy abundant annual sunshine and a high capacity for solar power. Utah, however, has been a bit behind its neighbors in terms of promoting solar energy through rebates and incentives. In March 2010, the state enacted its version of a renewables portfolio standard (RPS), which mandates that utilities to obtain a certain percentage of their energy from renewable resources. However, Utah's version is not so much a mandate as it is a target, requiring utilities to have 20 percent renewable energy by 2025, but only if it is "cost-effective" for them to do so.
Yet, regardless of RPS leniency, several Utah utilities are vying to meet the state's renewable goals with the state itself pitching in through a rebate program and personal tax credit. Here's what Utah homeowners have to look forward to when installing solar energy systems:
Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit (Personal)
Active or passive solar thermal and solar electric systems, as well as a number of other renewable technologies, are eligible for a tax credit for 25% of their "reasonable installed system costs." Maximum credit is $2,000 per residential unit. Unused credit may be carried over for four years. For more specific information, see the Utah Geological Survey.
Renewable Energy Rebate Program
The state of Utah also offers a decent rebate program using $3 million federal Recovery Act funding. Rebates are available for both solar electric and solar hot water systems. PV systems earn $2 per watt installed, with a maximum set at the lesser of 25% of eligible cost or $8,750. Residential solar water heaters get 25% or $2,500. Home solar systems must be a minimum of 900 W and be no larger than 25 kW. All electric systems must be grid-connected and the modules must qualify for the Go Solar California Program. The program was enacted on April 19, 2010 and will last until funding is depleted.
For more information: Utah Geological Survey
Here is a quick synopsis of the utility rebate programs available in Utah. For specific information, see the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), which will have more details. Links to each utility's program website or related .pdf documents are provided below.
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