Op-ed: Hatch questions program that helps fuel Utah’s solar boom

Michael Shea
Salt Lake Tribune
July 16. 2016

If a government initiative helped Utah to launch thousands of new jobs, attract millions of dollars in new business and become a national leader in a fast-growing industry — all in less than seven years — would you consider it a success?

In fact, that’s exactly what has happened since the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s “green energy” stimulus grants helped kick-start Utah’s unprecedented growth in solar energy, with additional state tax credits and business incentives causing that success to snowball.

“[There’s a] boom in solar energy development in the state right now, and it really can only be described that way,” Jeff Barrett, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, recently told the Ogden Standard-Examiner.

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