Provo and Spanish Fork join the SharedSolar program | News, Sports, Jobs
The Utah Valley is a state bright spot, and letting the sun in has become a joint effort between Provo and Spanish Fork.
Provo City Power and Spanish Fork Power announce SharedSolar, a community solar program. With SharedSolar, customers in multiple cities can rent solar panels from their utility instead of installing solar panels on the roof of their home.
According to Kat Linford, spokesperson for Provo City Power, the program is a “great renewable alternative for our customers and is more efficient and less expensive than rooftop solar.”
Currently, the resource mix of both electric utilities consists of more than 40% non-carbon energy, which includes wind, solar, hydro and other renewable market resources.
“The SharedSolar option is a win-win solution for customers because it allows them to generate renewable energy on the power grid without upfront investment or costly financing costs. Additionally, the program is available to customers who do not own a home or roof and it supports Provo’s economy,” said Travis Ball, Director of Provo City Power.
The city’s resources are expected to be 54% or more carbon-free by 2025, well ahead of schedule to meet a resolution passed by the Provo City Council to be 60% renewable by 2030.
“I am pleased that Provo Power now offers an option for customers to become part of the solar power movement. Provo residents can now sign up to purchase blocks of energy produced at the Spanish Fork City Solar Farm,” said Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “The program is entirely optional, but we like to provide our citizens with options like this. We are excited about this additional piece of the puzzle as Provo City increasingly moves towards renewable energy sources.
Provo Power and Spanish Fork have been eagerly awaiting this program to be offered to their customers and are now accepting registrations. Availability is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. People can register online at the Renew Choice website.
Provo Power and Spanish Fork Power are electric utilities that belong to the American Public Power Association along with over 2,000 electric utilities nationwide. Provo Power is the largest in the state of Utah, providing reliable electric service to over 38,000 customers and Spanish Fork serves over 14,000 customers.