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Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Solar Panels in Utah

This page is a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on your Utah home. Since there's a lot to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

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** What's new for 2020 **

Utah continues to be a truly sunny place with a few problems when it comes to home solar: The state has a voluntary Renewable Portfolio Standard, there are no solar tax incentives, and lawmakers just allowed Rocky Mountain Power to kill net metering (more on why that's important below). If it weren't for all the abundant sunshine, Utah may not be such a great place to install home solar. Read on to learn all you need to know about how much you can save with solar here.

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $4,000/kW! This is paired with the Utah solar incentives you see below.

What you'll find on this page:

The Solar Strategy section is focused on the 3 ways of paying for solar in Utah, so you can decide which is best for you. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we provide detailed analysis of how each works.

The Policy Information section contains all our latest research on the rules set by lawmakers and the Public Utilities Commission, which determine how easy it is to go solar in Utah. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to interconnection, and have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions for going solar in Utah.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

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Your Solar Strategy in Utah

Figuring out the best way to go solar in Utah can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

How should you pay for solar?

Use our decision tool to find out!

How to pay for solar panels in Utah

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan or lease. One thing it's important to note is: solar makes you a lot of money in Utah. Yes, we said "makes!" You see, Utah gets so much sun, its relatively low electricity prices are no match for the awesome energy-generating ability of solar panels. Going solar in Utah starts paying off right away, and with great state and federal tax credits, solar has never been cheaper.

Now let's discuss that chart above. We've examined three scenarios for going solar in Utah, including a solar lease, buying solar with a home equity line of credit (HELOC), or buying solar with cash. As you can see, the cash purchase option leads to the highest dollar-amount returns over time, but look a little closer. Taking a HELOC and paying for the system over time (the orange bars) means you'll spend thousands of dollars less over time, while reaping a big financial benefit in year 1.

That's because you take a loan for the system, but you still get all the benefits of paying up front. In Utah, that means state and federal tax credits, and big annual energy savings. With those incentives, you'll actually come out way ahead after the first year. And even though you'll be making loan payments for 15 years, the first-year windfall is so big, you'll only begin spending your own money in year 9.

Finally, take a look at the blue bars. They represent a solar lease or Power-Purchase Agreement (PPA), which are also called third-party ownership. With a lease or PPA, the solar installation company puts panels on your roof at no cost to you, and you make monthly payments that save you about $10 per month from what you had been paying the utility company for their dirty energy. Leases in Utah are awesome, because the state's high electricity prices mean you start saving money right away. Your savings will start small but finish big, because the lease cost will rise by less than the electric company's annual rate hikes. Third-party ownership is an excellent option even if you have equity or cash to put down, because it can save you tons of money!

Read more below about each of three very good options for solar in Utah.

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Option 1: Paying cash for solar

An outright purchase used to be the only way to get solar, and it's still the option that provides the "biggest" financial returns. The reason we put "biggest" in quotes here is because it's technically true—with lower equipment costs and big Federal and state tax credits, solar costs less than ever before, and a solar installation pays itself off in 9 years. But if you're interested in solar as an investment, taking a loan to pay for the system is a better option.

With a loan, you can make monthly payments instead of putting $20,000 down on a solar system, which means you save money on electricity as you pay down the cost of your panels. If you have equity in your home or can get a large loan with an interest rate of 5% or less, a loan is the option to go with. It's like being able to start a business that is sure to succeed, just by having a roof. Read about loans below.

If you've got cash and you prefer to pay up front, you'll have to plunk down $20,000, but tax breaks and energy savings will erase a bunch of that after just 1 year. Over 25 years, your system will have produced almost $21,000 in income, after your system cost is paid back. The reason this works is that solar offsets your electricity costs—enough to save you $815 in year 1—and it just goes up from there. As the electric company raises rates, you save more and more, and more...

Here’s how the numbers work for a 5-kW rooftop solar system in Utah:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $20,000. That's cheaper than solar has ever been, but it still might seem like a big investment. Don’t worry, because after tax breaks and energy savings, your first-year costs will be considerably less than that.
  • If you get your ducks in a row early in the year, you'll snag one of Rocky Mountain Power's excellent $1,100/kW rebates. That's $4,400 off your cost for solar.
  • Next, the Federal government offers a great income tax credit of 30% of post-rebate system costs. That's $4,680 you won't be paying to Uncle Sam this year, and it brings your first-year investment down to $10,920.
  • Then there's Utah's tax credit, which counts for 25% of costs, but maxes out at $2,000. Your system will qualify you for all of that, and you can take it over up to 5 years if your income doesn't warrant $2,000 in taxes this year.
  • After those tax credits, we subtract your first year’s energy savings, which we estimate to be $815. That reduces your cost after the first year to only $8,105—a savings of nearly 60% off the cost of your system. That's a huge cost reduction!
  • Those electricity savings will quickly pile up, and your system will pay for itself in year 9. But your panels carry 25-year warranties, and they'll likely keep on kicking out kilowatts for a few decades or more. You'll see a total net profit of $22,828 by the end of that warranty. The internal rate of return for this investment is an amazing 12.5%. That's more than 50% better than the return of an investment in stock market index funds, and it's more reliable, too!
  • And here's a nice bonus to consider: your home's value just increased by $16,302, too—your expected electricity savings over 20 years.
  • In addition to all that cash (and home value), you’ve created some green for the earth as well by not using electricity from fossil fuels. It's like planting 134 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Utah. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 2: Using a loan to pay for solar

You don't need $20,000 sitting around to pay for solar. As long as you have equity in your home, you can still own solar panels and reap all the benefits. Heck, even if you do have the cash, getting a loan to pay for solar is by far the best option when it comes to percentage return on investment.

That’s because, in Utah, using a loan to pay for solar is like investing in a business that's sure to succeed, and also earns you a tax break!. You'll come out thousands ahead this year, and you'll see a spectacular profit over the 25-year life of your system. The reason this works so well is that you're paying over time, but reaping all the benefits now.

In Utah, those benefits include energy savings, Rocky Mountain Power's $4,400 rebate, and two tax credits. Those energy savings will offset most of the cost of the loan payments, too, which might sound like it's too good to be true... so let's take a look at the numbers.

A solar purchase like this will make sense for you if the following is true about you and your current situation:

  • You can get a home-equity line of credit (HELOC) for $15,600, with a fixed rate of 5% or lower and a 15-year repayment period. Don't be put off if you're offered a higher rate. It just means a tiny bit less of the thousands of dollars you'll make with solar.
  • You love making money without much risk.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a Utah homeowner who makes a solar purchase with a HELOC:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $15,600 after RMP's $4,400 rebate. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover the system cost.
  • The electricity you'll save in the first year of operation would have cost $815, but your annual loan payments will be $1,480, meaning you would spend $665 on solar this year, but...
  • You'll get two huge tax breaks! Uncle Sam will give you 30% of the cost of your system back as an income tax credit, which in this case means $4,680 you won't be paying the Feds this year, and on top of that, the state will give you a $2,000 reprieve on tax-paying this year.
  • Getting those tax credits means you'll come out $6,015 ahead after year 1, and it's smooth sailing from then on out. Your yearly net cost (electricity savings minus loan payments) for solar will be $637 (about $53 per month) in year 2, and will shrink as the cost of electricity rises but your loan payments don't.
  • By the time you've paid off your loan in 2030, you'll see yearly savings of over $1,350. After 25 years, your total profit will be $16,223! Really awesome for a $0-down investment.
  • On top of the green that will stay in your pocket, your system will mean green for the environment, too—134 trees-worth, every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Utah. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 3: Buying the electricity, not the panels with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

Leasing is a great way to go solar if you haven't got stacks of cash or oodles of equity in your home. With a lease, it's possible to get solar panels for $0 down and see big savings over 20 years!

As for leases in Utah: the electricity costs here aren't very high—we're actually almost 15% less than the national average—but the sun shines bright enough here to make solar power really profitable! That means a lease saves you money starting on day 1. For now, the payments on a leased 5-kW solar system should be around $712 per year, but the energy the panels generate will save you $815 per year. That's $103 you get to keep in your pocket this year, just for saying yes to solar!

And those savings will only get larger over time. As the utility company raises rates, your lease costs will go up by a smaller amount, meaning you'll see greater annual savings. Over 20 years, our estimate shows a total savings of $4,874. And the best part is the panels will be owned and maintained by the installation company, so all you have to do is brag to the Joneses down the street about your green habits!

Here's a little more about how a Utah solar lease works:

Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Utah. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar PPA, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

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Utah Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Utah:

Utah's Renewable Portfolio Standard

20% by 2025 (voluntary)

Grade: D

Utah's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) is a law requiring a certain percentage of a state's energy production comes from renewable resources by a target date in the future. Utah’s law is probably better described as setting renewable energy goals.

>Utah’s RPS only requires utilities to implement renewable energy to the extent it is “cost-effective.” What do they mean by that? The guidelines for determining the cost-effectiveness of acquiring an energy source are up to the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) and based on the cost of the electricity, as well as long-term and short-term impacts, risks, reliability, financial impacts on the affected utility, etc. Basically, to the extent that the PSC finds renewable energy cost-effective, the goal here is to generate 20% of our electricity from renewable resources by 2025.

Usually there is a pretty direct link between the strength of an RPS and the number and size of incentives available for solar power. 20% by 2025 would be a solid RPS if those targets were mandatory rather than conditional. Given the “if cost-effective” condition of Utah’s RPS, it’s hard to judge just how effective it will be over the long-term. So far it’s generated a few decent incentives for future solar-power system owners, but nothing to write home about.

Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards

Utah's Solar carve-out and SRECs


Grade: F

Utah's Solar Carve-out grade

Within their voluntary RPS, Utah has not carved out any specified amount for either solar power or distributed generation technologies (i.e. residential production). However, other incentive programs in Utah have been created to help encourage the growth of residential solar in particular in the Beehive State.

Learn more about Solar Carve-outs

Utah Electricity Prices


Grade: D

Utah's Electricity cost grade

Utahns pay an average of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity. That’s almost two cents below the national average of 13 cents/kWh. We get it. You like paying less. Just don’t forget why electricity is cheap right now. Psst... because it’s generated using tons (billions of them, literally) of fossil fuels. Dirty burning, smog-spewing, greenhouse gas-emitting, earth-killing fossil fuels.

Soon or sooner, all those fossil fuels will start to bite us in the butt, run low, or both. Then electricity rates are really going to rise fast. When that happens you’re going to be really, really happy you switched early to all that efficient, clean solar power that will be in high demand.

In the meantime, you can still save a chunk of change with solar panels in Utah. We’ll go over just how much in a minute. Read on!

Find out why electricity prices matter

Utah Net Metering

Widespread credits

Grade: D

Utah's Net Metering grade

Rocky Mountain Power will enact a permanent rate for surplus power delivered to the utility in 2020. Before that happens, current net-metering customers will continue to receive credits from Rocky Mountain Power for surplus power as they currently do, through 2035. Therefore, now might be the best time to go solar in Utah, especially if you’re a Rocky Mountain Power customer.

Utah law currently requires RMP and almost all electric co-ops to offer net metering for solar panels. Under this policy, net metering is available for residential systems up to 25 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. That’s plenty of solar for a home’s needs, even if you have a few families under your roof.

Other net metering programs vary depending on your utility. Rocky Mountain Power customers are credited for surplus on your next month’s bill at the 9.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, not quite full retail.

A couple municipal utilities, which fall outside of the above legislation’s jurisdiction, have voluntarily enacted net metering policies as well:

Learn more about net metering

Utah Interconnection Rules


Grade: A

Utah's Interconnection Standards grade

Interconnection policy (how easy it is to connect your panels to the grid) is strong here as well. Your Utah solar panels qualify for the simplest application procedures. Even better, your small residential system is exempt from any insurance coverage requirement and from installing a redundant external disconnect switch (if your system is less than 10kW), both of which save you money.

Learn more about solar interconnection rules

Utah Solar Incentives

Next to high electricity prices and net metering, solar incentives have traditionally been the most important factor for whether home solar power makes financial sense in a state. In the past, some states with otherwise lousy policy had tremendous incentives that drove down the up-front cost of going solar so much that homeowners could save oodles of money even without net metering or a good RPS.

These days, the big incentive most people can get is the Federal Solar Tax Credit that earns you 26% of your total system costs back after just 1 year. State incentives play less of a role than in the past, but some really good ones are still out there, ready to help homeowners go solar and save money before you know it.

Let's see how Utah measures up:

The availability of state solar incentives for residential solar systems was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, utility company websites, and the state public utility commission.

Utah Solar Power Rebates


Grade: F

Utah's Solar Rebates grade

There used to be a couple of strong utility rebates available for Utah solar panels... but the funding was exhausted for both of them a while ago.

Wanna hear the good news? Incentives like the Utah Solar Incentives Program did their job, rapidly expanding adoption of solar power around the world, leading to a great decrease in the installed costs of solar power. We know you might not want to hear "there are no solar rebates in Utah," but how about "installing solar panels on your Utah home is 40% cheaper than it was 5 years ago?"

Pretty sweet.

Learn more about solar rebates

Utah Solar Tax Credits

25% up to $2,000

Grade: B

Utah's Solar Tax Credits grade

Whether or not you’re getting any utility rebates, everyone in Utah is eligible to take a personal tax credit when installing solar panels. The tax credit for a residential system is 25% of the purchase and installation costs up to a maximum of $2,000. Dolla dolla bill y’all.

And of course, Utahns also benefit from the Federal Solar Tax Credit. There's no cap on the federal tax credit and you'll deduct that after you subtract your rebate. Sample calculations follow below -- keep scrolling!

Learn more about state solar tax credits

Property Tax Exemption


Grade: F

Utah's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

There’s no property tax exemption for solar panels installations in Utah. If we had to pick one piece of legislation for lawmakers to implement for residential customers here, it would definitely be a property tax exemption. It’s a simple way to encourage solar growth, especially since solar homes appreciate by a multiple of twenty times annual electricity bill savings. That property value increase should be tax exempt, because you’re doing a lot of good for the community, economy, and environment.

Sales Tax Exemption

2MW+ only

Grade: D

Utah's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

Lawmakers in Salt Lake City have also passed a sales tax exemption for Utah solar panels. Sadly, however, to qualify for the exemption you have to purchase a system with a capacity of 2 MW or greater (that’s 2000 kW -- yikes!). This rules out residential solar panel systems.

Learn more about tax exemptions for solar

Low-income Solar Programs


Grade: F

Utah's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade Learn more about low-income solar programs available in the U.S.

The consensus on Utah solar power rebates and incentives

The solar outlook here is good, but far from the best we’ve seen. Legislators have done a nice job balancing utility and state-backed rebates, even based on a voluntary Renewable Portfolio Standard. Good on you, Utah. That’s brought the cost after year 1 to very reasonable levels. While payback time and investment returns are getting more impressive for a state with as much sun as Utah, there’s still more policy work that could be done to spur on solar growth even further. Make the Utah RPS mandatory instead of voluntary, Improve the solar carve out in the state’s RPS, and enact meaningful tax exemptions on the purchase of residential solar panel systems. Without those changes, Utah is stuck in “D” territory.

41 thoughts on “2020 Guide to Utah Solar Tax Credits, Rebates, And Other Incentives

  1. Avatar for Jean Jean says:

    RECs? Is it possible to sell RECs generated in Utah in other states? If so, how do you do that?

  2. Avatar for Margie McCloy Margie McCloy says:

    This is such a great site, I wish it were fully up to date. The rebate and tax credit info for my state (Utah) is out of date, and perhaps more info as well.

    1. Avatar for Ben Zientara Ben Zientara says:

      Thanks, Margie! We’re working on 2020 updates right now! If you have any news to share, feel free to post here or send it to outreach(at) Everything should be up to date in the new year.

  3. Avatar for Debby Debby says:

    We are going to start building a new home in Southern Utah next year. Washington County. Can we go strictly solar or do we have to be hooked in to Rocky Mountain Power & do net metering?

    1. Avatar for Dustin Dustin says:

      You have to be connected to RMP. You have the ability to purchase a battery and store your electricity and not send it back to RMP, but you have to be connected to RMP – which is beneficial should you use more power than what your panels produce, RMP would be a back up to you and supply you with whatever electricity your solar system couldn’t.

  4. Avatar for vasanti dusara vasanti dusara says:

    I would like a solar panels in my house. How do I qualify for it.

    1. Avatar for Ben Zientara Ben Zientara says:

      Hi, Vasanti-

      The best way to is to sign up for quotes from our expert solar installer partners. Click here to go to our form.

  5. Avatar for Merrill Merrill says:

    I would like to add 2 more panels to my home

  6. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    Hi all – I’m currently working on a PhD in mechanical engineering at BYU and along with some other students we are working on building a better home renewable energy system. Help us out by taking this 5 minute survey. We’ll put you in a drawing for 5 redbox movies too. Thanks! Probably Adobe InDesign, possibly Illustrator, or other related products.

  7. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    We have already been pitched solar panels and we are interested. Could you please send me a price quote for a 5kw and a 10kw system? I would also like the specks on your solar panels:When were they made and by whom, how long should they last, how well will they work in 15-25 years and warrenty info. Thank you so much! – Leda Hickman

    1. Avatar for Casey Ortega Casey Ortega says:

      Hello Leda, My name is Casey O. I would love to go over this info with you. Go ahead and contact me when ever is best for you. I can be reached at 801-735-2600 We are offering a great program and can set you up for nothing extra out of pocket. All the info will be in the proposal that will be put together one of a kind to the needs of your home. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you, have a good rest the day.

  8. Avatar for syd syd says:

    I’m a home owner in Lindon Utah and thinking about installing a solar system. I would like too start with a small system, 1 kwh, and add too it later on. Is it required too contact the power company too operate my smaller 1 kwh system before plugging into the grid?

    1. Avatar for Dave Llorens Dave Llorens says:

      Hey Syd,

      If you want to jack into the grid and sell your power, the utility is going to need to be involved.

  9. Avatar for Bill Bill says:

    When I built my home north of Ogden, some 35 years ago, I installed 4 Solar Panels. How I wish I would have covered my roof with them back then. The maintance on the panels has been nil, nothing, not even a wash job. I have replaced my batteries about 4 or 5 times, and bought a new modified sine wave inverter. Now at age 60, do I want to invest in a new, larger system and start selling it to Rocky Mountain Power? I just don’t know.

  10. Avatar for Robert Robert says:

    I installed Solar on my house in West Jordan Utah, I worked with a company called SolarTek Solutions. They literally did everything for me they designed the system, filled out all of the paperwork for tax credits and rebates. if you want to send me an email I am sure I could have one of them call or email you [email protected]

  11. Avatar for Mark D Larsen Mark D Larsen says:

    Here is an odd situation. I installed my solar array in Utah at the end of 2010. To be able to take advantage of the state incentive on my taxes, it was necessary to first fill out several forms to get an approved “code” from the state. I couldn’t process that paperwork before the tax deadline, so I filed my return, paid about $8K in taxes due, and then later filed an amended return after receiving the “code.” Utah then sent me a $2K refund for the solar incentive. Ergo, I ended up paying $6K in taxes.

    Yet now Utah has sent me a 1099-G, stating that the $2K incentive that they reimbursed me will be reported to the IRS as “income.” What…? I might be wrong, but if I had taken the incentive on my first return, rather than via an amended return, I cannot believe that the deducation would be reported as “income.”

    What am I missing here?

  12. Avatar for Cindy Pickett Cindy Pickett says:

    I am currently a resident of CA and am building a home in Moab, UT. How can I gain the state credits for solar panels? Do I have to become a Utah resident?

  13. Avatar for Ken Lozier Ken Lozier says:

    I would like to install a solar power system and solar heating system on my house in 2012. My system would need to be 5kW for the electrical portion. I have two 60 gallon hot water heaters that would require solar panels for heating these to operational temperatures and use the gas part as emergency back up. I can foresee the cost of electricity and gas for the house increasing to double the current prices in the next 5 years as the world economies improve. Want to become as self sufficient as possible before this happens. What kind of tax incentives and rebates can I expect from Salt Lake County, Utah??

  14. Avatar for rick rick says:

    who is the most credible solar contractor in Utah?

  15. Avatar for Brian Brian says:

    Does anybody know if there are any solar rebates planned for 2011?

  16. Avatar for Gregory Smith Gregory Smith says:

    We need to do the same as Colorado and Arizona and push the Public utilities comm. to let the cities and rocky mountain pwr to have a increase of around .02cents a watt and we could make the numbers work. Utah is way behind on incentives for the State we need to have a 2.00 a watt rebate with no cap like CO and AZ. Thanks Greg S, Solectric Systems of Ut. Also we may be able to Donate some of the project you are speaking of just e-mail me and we could talk,

  17. Avatar for Dr. Shu Cheng Dr. Shu Cheng says:

    I’m the Executive Director of a non profit agency serving refugees and immigrants in Salt Lake County. We want to install a solar panel system to make our building green. Are there grants and private donations that would help toward the solar panel systems? I appreciate your suggestions.

  18. Avatar for Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez says:

    Rebates & Tax Credits:State of Utah Renewable Energy Rebate Program$850.
    Questar Gas Utah Rebates Solar Collector & 65 Gal SHWH$750.Utah State Renewable Energy Tax Credit/25% Of total System Cost.Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit/30% Of Total System Cost.Before the installation a form should be filled out for the Utah Renewable Energy Rebate Reservation Application through the State Energy Program for the Utah Geological
    Survey & Receive 25% of the total cost in a check.

  19. Avatar for JR JR says:

    Am I not reading the Utah tax code correctly? I read it as a commercial photovoltaic system would qualify for a 10% state tax credit. I am reading the 10% tax credit excludes other forms of renewable power generation of 660kW or greater, pushing those other forms to the $0.35/kwh incentive plan. DSIRE has the sales tax exemption extending out to 2019, so between the two, thats about a 15% credit while keeping the SRECs. It would only take a SREC of $50 to push commercial solar into the realm of conventional financing.

    On a side note, congrats to Rocky Mountain Power for having some of the clearest rate sheets in the nation. If only other power providers would follow their example.

  20. Avatar for nan nan says:

    Buyers beware. although the solar incentives and rebates appear to be a great bargain, the Utah rebate of 7500.00 will require that you complete a w-9 which means that in the end, you will have to report the REBATE as income on your federal taxes. This may pop you into a higher tax bracket.

  21. Avatar for Vince Vince says:

    Will municipal power companies be required to comply with net metering in the future? That’s one more reason that I don’t like government competing with the private sector. If it’s run by the government, it’s socialized.

  22. Avatar for kurt stevens kurt stevens says:

    Hello to all, I’m now with Suntrek Solar power, i will be operating out of Utah, from here forward. I will be more than happy to help with any questions anybody has about Solar Power or Solar Heating. I can give you info on any part of the state so please don’t hesitate to ask. [email protected]

  23. Avatar for Utah Plumber Utah Plumber says:

    Any idea on wind power rebates in Utah?

    1. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:

      Check out Click on your state, and you should see all of the available Renewable Energy and energy efficiency rebates.

  24. Avatar for Marian Dandridge Marian Dandridge says:

    I currently live in Florida where the state gave me a $20,000 rebate for putting in whole house solar. We are very pleased with it, but will be moving to Utah soon. Does Utah have any plans to invrease the rebate program? $2,000 is very little towards the output of $40,000. [email protected]

  25. Avatar for Daniel L. Williams Daniel L. Williams says:

    You need to do some major updating on this site to keep the information current. What is happening as a result of the recent federal energy bill and the recent stimulus package to push solar energy in Utah?

    Also, what is happening with national policy regarding net metering? In the past, only a few households will be able to join the program here in Utah because of the cap at .1% of Rocky Mountain Powers 2002 peak demand. That has now changed to 20% of the 2007 peak demand. See the DESIRE site at:

    1. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:


      You are spot on we’ve got some work to do! We know it and will be updating our states shortly.

      Cheers and stay tuned,

      – Dan

  26. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

    Yea right,

    While true solar panels do indeed sit in extreme heat, rain, wind, and dust, depending on the manufacturer, you can expect they will produce at at least 80% of their original output at year 25.

    Now, more solar installers are actually guaranteeing this performance and are including energy monitoring software so you can see how many kWh you produce over time. If production ever dips below that amount, they’ll come out and replace the panels at no additional cost.

    Check it out and ask about energy performance guarantees w/ monitoring.


    – Dan

  27. Avatar for Yea right Yea right says:

    Yeah right! Eventually everything needs fixing. Usually at a very inconvenient time.

    So lets say I install a solar power system for 20 thousand dollars, I can now look forward to not having an energy bill for 15 or 20 years? I don’t think so.
    Solar panels, like the shingles on your house, sit in extreme cold, extreme heat, rain, wind and dust that blows through the air.
    I have a feeling they’ll need to be replaced before 15 years are up.
    I have little solar lights in my driveway, and they have worked great. For about three years.
    Now the solar panels on them have yellowed in the sun and are not as efficient as they were new. The batteries need replacing.

  28. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

    Hi Tyler,

    Fill out one of our expert contact forms and we’ll hook you up with a solar expert.


    – Dan

    1. Avatar for tom tom says:

      Do you have any need for Solar thermal information ? we sell a ton of solar thermal in Utah , the new housing market has helped , so if you have a need or would ike to know more , drop me a line

  29. Avatar for tyler tyler says:

    I would like some information about placing solar power in a building. I do not know who to contact, feasibility, costs,…

  30. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

    Link fixed. Thanks for the headsup!

  31. Avatar for Jim Jim says:

    The “Personal Tax Credit – * Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit (Personal)” does not work.

  32. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

    Thanks so much for letting us know about that credit Laraine!

  33. Avatar for Laraine Swenson Laraine Swenson says:

    Logan City also offers a solar rebate of 2000 a kw with a cap of 6,000 for residential and 25,000 for commercial.

    Laraine Swenson, Logan City Council

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