Going Solar In Utah: See The Whole Picture
Most people who want solar installed on their homes are happy to see the savings. More should be concerned about how environmentally friendly their solar panel manufacturer is.
What Goes Into Manufacturing Solar Panels
Solar Panel Manufacturers Taking Responsibility
Photovoltaic Recycling in The United States
Where Utah Stands in the Solar Department
Utah is a great place for solar, but it may not always be if we aren’t doing our part to make sure solar policy is favorable. There are a couple of changes in the works that could affect future solar installations.
Utah Solar News: Solar Development and Tax Credit Extension
Looking into what makes solar green coincides with what makes solar affordable. Right now the major contributors to solar affordability are the federal and state tax credits. Together these cover a little over 30 percent of your total system cost.
Utah Solar Development
The Newest development on the Federal tax credit is John Knotwell’s proposal to amend Utah’s Energy Resource Procurement Act. He proposed that Rocky Mountain Power be allowed to use the 30 percent federal tax credit for their projects.
With Rocky Mountain’s recent actions against the solar industry still fresh in-mind, caution should be applied. Utah Clean Energy is working to make sure that this bill still allows for competition within the solar industry.
State of Utah Tax Credit Changes
As a result of the metering settlement, a tax credit extension is being proposed. The proposal asks that the state tax credit freeze at $1,600 until 2020, and then phase out by 2024.
If you are thinking about getting solar down the road, you will want to stay posted on the results of this proposal. You can find the progress of this piece legislation, HB 261, on the Utah state legislature website. If this legislation doesn’t go through, this tax credit will phase out by 2020.