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Salt Lake City to receive federal solar grant

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that the city will receive a major new solar energy grant that will help expand solar electricity in homes and businesses.

Salt Lake City and Utah Clean Energy, partners on the grant application, will receive a $600,000 U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative competitive award under the Solar Market Pathways program, a national effort to help communities develop multiyear solar deployment plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes, businesses and communities.

The Wasatch Solar Project specifically will propel Utah’s solar market toward a long-term goal of 1,075 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy by 2024.

“Solar energy utilization is one of the primary ways we can reduce our carbon emissions and improve air quality in the region,” Becker said.

Over the next three years, the Wasatch Solar Project will develop a comprehensive long-term solar deployment strategy, conduct an analysis of the value of rooftop solar, advance a statewide solar financing program, and promote opportunities to integrate solar in emergency preparedness planning.

For more information on solar opportunities in Utah, visit SolarSimplified.org.