NEWS: Utah solar industry hopes new government regulations will bring order to the sector’s frenzied growth

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune March 28th, 2018 Utah is one of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S. for rooftop solar, which is why industry advocates say they’re glad the state Legislature has begun to impose regulations on their businesses. According to a recent trade-association report by The Solar Foundation,…

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OP-ED: Clearing the air — 3 myths about going green

Suzanne Harrison Deseret News March 12th, 2018 The Deseret News recently interviewed me for a story on my family’s decision to embrace clean energy products, including an electric vehicle, EV home charger and solar panels. As I read the comments on the article and on social media, I noticed several of them…

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power helping to restore Utah tax breaks on solar panels, but is the utility just looking out for itself?

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune February 8th, 2018 After years of discord, Rocky Mountain Power is siding with solar industry advocates’ in a push to reinstate Utah’s residential solar tax credits. But tensions have already emerged between the unlikely allies. If you ask Rocky Mountain Power, Utah’s largest provider of…

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NEWS: 2018 Legislature will offer smorgasbord of environmental issues

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News January 27th, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — The winter weather, complete with its often hazy skies, is a reminder that once again lawmakers are taking up a variety of pollution-busting measures on Capitol Hill. The bipartisan Clean Air Caucus is tackling measures that include boosting…

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Commentary: Utah undervalues citizen-supplied solar power

Craig J. Provost Salt Lake Tribune December 23, 2017   Previous commentaries in the Tribune have made the conjecture that non-solar customers are subsidizing Solar owners. This is a biased and unproven assumption. Several studies by Public Utility Commissions in other states have found that solar providers offer numerous benefits…

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New Rooftop Solar Frontier!

It seems hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. We have had some pretty big developments over the past year, one of which is the big rooftop solar settlement. For those that need a quick refresher you can read this Salt Lake Tribune article to get up to speed.  Before…

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Episode #95: Julie Stewart, Professor At Westminster College

Julie Stewart, a Westminster honors college professor, joins Matt in a conversation about research she and her students did about Utah rooftop solar owners. Julie, an award-winning scholar and teacher who happens to also be Matt’s wife, describes the 200+ online surveys and 60+ interviews her team did to learn about…

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NEWS: All sides praise solar net metering compromise

Glen Beeby Good4Utah 10/04/2017 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Governor Herbert gathered at the capitol with utility and solar leaders to praise a compromise reached on net metering. What price solar customers will get in the future remains to be seen. Net metering allows customers with solar or…

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NEWS: Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 10/05/2017 Utah’s recent net metering settlement, negotiated by solar industry leaders and the state’s largest electric utility, is a shining example of using dialogue to solve seemingly intractable problems, according to Gov. Gary Herbert. “Differing opinions is not necessarily a bad thing,” Herbert said at…

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Episode #92: Tyler Poulson, Salt Lake City & Utah Climate Week

Matt chats with Tyler Poulson, Salt Lake City’s sustainability program manager, about several key climate and energy issues including Utah Climate Week, coming up October 8-14. First, Tyler offers his take on the recent rooftop solar settlement reached between Rocky Mountain Power and other stakeholders. He then updates us about how Salt…

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