U Community Solar is an opportunity for the University to have a direct impact on local investment in clean energy systems.
University of Utah Communications
April 22, 2014 – The University of Utah is the first university in the country to sponsor a community solar program. The program offers U community members the opportunity to purchase discounted rooftop solar panels and installation for their homes.
“It’s a Groupon model for solar panels,” explained Kate Bowman of Utah Clean Energy, a nonprofit organization that ran two previous community solar programs in Utah and is now helping the U administer its program.
Solar installers are able to offer a discount because these programs tend to generate more customers in close proximity during a specific timeframe. Two solar installers, Creative Energies and Gardner Engineering, will provide about a 25 percent discount to those who enroll through the program.
“We are pleased to offer…