Solar Incentives and Rebates in Utah

Peak Sun Hours (PSH): 5.7-6.6
Cost of Grid Power: $0.10/kWh
Number Of Installations: 7,406

What’s the Cost of Solar in Utah?

Cost of Grid Power

Utah's electricity prices average $0.11/kWh, below the national average of $0.14/kWh. Utah is part of an exclusive club of net energy exporting states. It's also seen near-boundless growth in solar - between industrial and rooftop sources the amount of solar power generation in Utah has increased by a factor of twenty six between 2015 and 2018.

Cost of a Solar Install

Cost of a typical 6kW PV install in Utah from 2013-2018

A graph of precipitously falling prices for a typical 6kW PV install in Utah from 2013-2018.
Figures include design costs. Data from Berkeley Lab, courtesy of the Utah Office of Energy Development.

The average cost of a 6kW (equivalent to saving over 100 trees a year) solar power system starts around $13,000 in Utah, according to SolarReviews. That system would pay for itself through energy savings with 6-7 years. System life can span well over 25 years, and savings will improve with inflation. Even roughly doubling the cost figure to match the Berkeley data, one would still see a significant return on investment over the life of a solar power system in Utah.

What Incentives are Available in Utah?

Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/

Name Implementing Sector Program Type Administrator DSIRE ID
Interconnection Standards State Interconnection 806
Alternative Energy Sales Tax Exemption State Sales Tax Incentive Utah State Tax Commission 1070
Renewable Portfolio Goal State Renewables Portfolio Standard 2901
Local Option - Industrial Facilities and Development Bonds State Bond Program Programs are administered at the local level 5407
Hurricane City Power - Grid-Tied Distributed Generation Other Other Hurricane City Power 19381
Avista Utilities - Site-Specific (Custom) Incentives Other Energy Analysis Avista Utilities 21549
Avista Utilities - Custom and Site-Specific Rebates Other Energy Analysis 21598
Avista Utilities - Energy Smart Grocer Program Other Energy Analysis 21629
U.S. Department of Energy - Industrial Assessment Center (IAC): Oregon State University Federal Energy Analysis U.S. Department of Energy 21748
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project - Utah Energy Efficiency Guide Other Training and Information Southwest Energy Efficiency Project 21769
U.S. Department of Energy - Industrial Assessment Center (IAC): Colorado State University Federal Energy Analysis U.S. Department of Energy 21781
Solar Rights State Solar/Wind Access Policy 22042


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