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Solar projects to receive funding from Rocky Mountain Power

SALT LAKE CITY — Rocky Mountain Power has announced new Blue Sky funding awards for six community-based solar energy projects in Utah.

The announcement was made with Utah Interfaith Power and Light and representatives of several Utah faith communities, as half of the projects include solar panels at houses of worship.

"More than 100 community-based renewable energy projects in Utah have been made possible by support from our Blue Sky customers," said Alene Bentley, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager.

The recipients are: KRCL Community Radio, Salt Lake City; Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City; Park City Fire Department, Park City; Our Savior's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City; Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Ogden; and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, West Jordan.

"Blue Sky customers continue to light the way for renewable energy at houses of worship," said Susan Soleil, executive director of Utah Interfaith Power and Light. "Most faith communities would never be able to afford solar arrays without the financial support of Utah's Blue Sky customers."

Other Blue Sky funds will be used to help build Rocky Mountain Power's first utility-scale solar farm. If approved by the Utah Public Service Commission, the solar project is expected to be online in 2016.

There are currently more than 40,500 Blue Sky customers in Utah, according to Rocky Mountain Power. For more information, visit rockymountainpower.net/bluesky.