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Rocky Mountain Power's Subscriber Solar Program is About to Sell Out

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Melissa Allison
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Rocky Mountain Power's solar farm is about to sell out of blocks.

Park City officials have been working with Rocky Mountain Power to reach their net-zero goals and has signed on for the Subscriber Solar program. The energy company is offering  the opportunity to help people save money and at the same time reduce their carbon foot print - even if you live in an apartment.

Utility company spokesman, Paul Murphy, said subscribers to the program will begin receiving solar energy Jan 1, 2017 from the solar farm near Holden, Utah that has just been completed.

“If you look at your bill during the summer you were paying 8.57 cents – 11.5 cents and up to 14.5 cents per kilowatt hour – that’s your energy charge," Murphy said. "With this you can actually reduce the amount of electricity that you’re getting under that tiered system and just pay 11.7 cents rather than the 14.5 cents.”

An average household uses about 800 kilowatt hours a month. Murphy said each household can purchase three blocks – or potentially four if you use more than 800 kilowatts a month.

“What we found especially in Park City," Murphy said. "Is that people use a lot more than that and if they sign up for the program they’re going to be saving a considerable amount of money.”

Solar blocks with the program are expected to sell out by next week.

“This is a pilot project – we had hoped it would be successful - it has been more successful than we could imagine," Murphy said. "I’m hoping it will lead to a big construction phase for Rocky Mountain Power to build some solar farms.”

Once the blocks are sold out Murphy said those interested in being added to the program will be put on a waiting list for the next solar farm.

Summit County, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Municipal have all signed on to the program. Murphy said if you’re interested – you can go to their online calculator to find out how much you would save at rockymountainpower.net/subscriber.