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Salt Lake City launches program to increase solar power

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — Salt Lake City launched Solar Salt Lake on Thursday — a program that offers Salt Lake City residents huge discounts on solar installations as more homes decide to go solar.

The bulk purchase program aims to streamline residents’ access to solar power, supporting the local solar economy.

The city has partnered with Gardner Energy, believed to be one of the nation’s oldest solar companies, which has served Intermountain West since 2004.

Gardner Energy has completed more than 1,000 residential and commercial solar installations, totaling more than 17 megawatts of solar energy.

Solar Salt Lake was launched to help meet the city’s climate goals and offers discounted bulk purchasing for up to 50 installations.

“Salt Lake City is committed to protecting the public health and safety of its residents, including ensuring access to clean air, clean water, and a livable environment,” according to

The declaration is a resolve by the city to be climate positive, and is demonstrated by the city’s efforts to curb climate change.

Here are some things the city has done to be climate positive:

  • In 2020, Salt Lake City announced the successful approval of a major renewable energy project to meet the majority of the Municipality of SLC’s electricity needs.
  • In 2021, the Elektron solar project started in Tooele County and is expected to go live in 2023.
  • On the community side, Salt Lake City has worked with Rocky Mountain Power and other communities to pass HB411, the Community Renewable Energy Act, which will see Salt Lake City achieve the 100 X 2030: 100% energy goal. ‘renewable energy for community electricity supply by 2030’. ” objective.
  • Salt Lake City is also working with other Utah 100 Communities to move toward the net goal of 100% clean electricity.
  • Salt Lake City has also set the “80 X 2040: 80% reduction in community greenhouse gas emissions by 2040” goal, which includes a reduction of at least 50% in the community footprint. by 2030.

Click here to learn more about what the city is doing to reduce climate change.

Click here to complete the Solar Salt Lake registration form.

Mary Cashion

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