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Salt Lake County eyes solar for homes

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After announcing an expansive plan to install solar panels on the roofs of Salt Lake County-owned buildings a couple of months ago, Mayor Peter Corroon is pushing forward with new measures aimed at making it easy – and affordable – for county residents to tap the power of the sun.

The county has teamed up with Salt Lake City, Utah Clean Energy and Kennecott Land and will solicit help from Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to move plans forward. Current incentives available through utility companies and federal/state governments can reduce system costs by as much as 50 percent.

Ann Ober, Corroon's environmental policy coordinator, said a recent study, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, will focus on identifying current hindrances to home solar installations.

"We want to find where the barriers are to residential solar," Ober said. "Based on the findings, the county's goal will be to remove those barriers … and institute a solar incentive program."

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Taylor, T. (2009). Salt Lake County eyes solar for homes. Retrieved from http://environmental.utdem.org/view/news/51cbead77896bb431f68607a


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