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University of Utah launches community solar program

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News The University of Utah is becoming the first university in the country to sponsor a community solar program, offering discounted rooftop solar panels and installation for students and other university associated residents. With its launch Tuesday, the U Solar Program offers enrollees a 25 percent discount on installation through Oct. 1 and is available in Salt Lake, Summit and Davis counties to university communities. Kate Bowman,…

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Utah wind power poised to increase

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News Four new wind farms are poised for development in Utah after Rocky Mountain Power inked agreements with the companies to buy the power over 20 years. The farms, once in action, will have the capacity to produce 300 megawatts of energy, or enough to power 93,600 homes. Ultimately, funneling that renewable resource through Rocky Mountain Power’s electrical grid will mean Utah has a cleaner…

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Local advocate dubbed solar ‘champion of change’ by White House

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News The solar project coordinator for Utah’s leading clean energy advocacy organization was one of 10 people across the country tapped by the White House as a “champion of change.” Kate Bowman from Utah Clean Energy was honored Thursday for her efforts to promote the expansion of solar energy across all sectors: commercial, industrial and residential. Through her work with Utah Clean Energy, Bowman leads…

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“Production vs consumption” in Moab

Jodi Peterson – High Country News Moab, Utah seems to be coming full circle. Early prospectors discovered useful minerals – uranium, vanadium, potash and manganese – near the farming and ranching outpost, and in the 1950s, Moab became known as the “Uranium Capital of the World.” Thirty years later, the boom was over, the mines closed down, and homes stood empty. Moab then reinvented its economy to exploit another natural…

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Utah business leaders tour renewable energy sites

Fox 13 Salt Lake business owners toured southern Utah on Wednesday, learning about renewable energy. It’s part of an initiative by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce to show off some of Utah’s natural resources. The business leaders are construction firms, energy developers, and utility representatives, but they’re all learning the same thing, getting green energy. “In Utah, we are so strong because we have such breadth across the entire…

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Milford energy fair hosts officials

Cathy Wentz - The Spectrum Milford High School hosted the Milford Renewable Energy Fair on Wednesday morning, welcoming a large group of state officials and business representatives. “We know that energy production, whether it’s renewable or fossil, is going to come from rural places in the nation, including Utah,” said Samantha Julian, executive director for the Utah Office of Energy Development. Julian said 60 people boarded a bus in Salt Lake…

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Blue Sky dollars available for green projects

Deseret News Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program is now accepting applications for funding awards for community-based renewable energy projects. Eligible projects may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, wave, low-emissions biomass, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal. This funding is available for projects in Rocky Mountain Power’s service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10…

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Advocates of renewable energy hail string of developments in Utah

Daily Journal Advocates of renewable energy are hailing three developments in Utah this week, including the unveiling of the Salt Lake City area’s first fast-charging station for electric cars. In addition, Scatec Solar announced plans to start construction later this year on an 80-megawatt solar plant in Iron County, which will be the state’s largest commercial solar field. And Utah Clean Energy was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy…

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Advocates of renewable energy cite progress in UT

Miami Herald Advocates of renewable energy are hailing three developments in Utah this week, including the unveiling of the Salt Lake City area’s first fast-charging station for electric cars. In addition, Scatec Solar announced plans to start construction later this year on an 80-megawatt solar plant in Iron County, which will be the state’s largest commercial solar field. And Utah Clean Energy was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy…

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OED Director Julian interviewed on KSL’s Doug Wright Show

Please click on this link to hear Director Samantha Mary Julian’s April 7 interview on the Doug Wright Show on KSL Radio.

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