Solar installations to increase among households, churches in Utah

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 11:06 AM
posted by rene5432

At the recent Solar Day Salt Lake, a number of people turned out to show their support for residential solar installations that could be used to power homes and churches, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

According to the news source, several vendors attended the event, offering solar technologies that could solve a number of household problems, including expensive water heating and electricity generation. The second annual event strives to give advocates of renewable energy an outlet to raise awareness of the benefits of residential solar generation.

What's more, Alan Naumann, event coordinator and an employee of photovoltaic panel seller Synergy Power, said said now is as good a time as any to buy solar power systems.

"The lowest price in the industry [history] is now," he said, adding that increased competition among solar companies has driven the price lower. Generating power from solar roof installations typically costs 10 to 14 cents per kilowatt hour in Utah, the media outlet stated.

According to Reuters, solar capacity recently spiked during what is historically the weakest period in the year for new solar installations with 506 megawatts added in the first quarter.

"This really shows the beginning of what we think is going to be a breakout year for the U.S. solar industry," said Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association.

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