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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

Yuba Lake State Park uses photovoltaic (PV) systems to power a radio repeater, campsite light fixtures, and other amenities. The Department of Natural Resources has been using solar energy systems since 1988. These systems were generally installed where utility power was not available. Traditionally, diesel generators were used to provide electricity at off-grid locations, however solar energy systems have proven to have lower life-cycle cost and maintenance compared to diesel generators. Other benefits are 24 hour per day electricity availability as well as reduced pollution and noise.

A fundamental aim of both the State’s energy policy and the Governor’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan is to let the market drive energy resource development and shape our electric generation resource portfolio.   Nevertheless, both documents also make it clear that tax incentives and public-private partnerships should have a targeted, modest role in advancing energy development in Utah.

"Incentives should be used strategically in coordination with Utah's energy plan, and where they have the most beneficial impact" - 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan

Funding & Incentives

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Financing & Loans

Tax free revenue bonds may be issued by the state to help advance “energy delivery projects” – power lines and pipelines – that facilitate responsible energy development.

State incentives

The Investment Tax Credit is worth 25% of eligible system cost or $2,000, whichever is less, for residential installations, and 10% of eligible system cost or $50,000, whichever is less, for commercial installations. Eligible technologies include solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, geothermal, hydro, and biomass.

Utility incentives

Rocky Mountain Power delivers electricity to customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. It offers a variety of incentives through the “wattsmart” program.

Federal incentives

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 included a new tax incentive, backed and advocated by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.