213 homeowners are going green after buying solar panels

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 UTAH) - U Community Solar is a program designed to bring a ray of light into Utah homes.

The program started on Earth Day in April, 2014.

Since then, 213 homeowners have signed up to save money and give something green back.

Half of those homeowners have completed construction and are well on their way to putting a megawatt of power back into the grid system.

"If you can produce your electricity from solar as opposed to having a coal fire plant or a natural gas plant producing it we are not going to have those emissions from those plants," said Amy Wildermuth, Chief Sustainability Officer at the University of Utah.

Federal and state tax exemptions helped level off the initial cost of the solar panels. The real difference will come in five to six years when Wildermuth and the other homeowners have paid off the solar panels.

"My installation was $11,000 but after my tax credits it will be about half of that," said Wildermuth.

Additional savings will come on her electric bill.

"The solar panels provide about 52% of my current electricity bills," she added.

If this sounds like something you're interested in you can go to: http://www.mycommunitysolar.org/

All you have to do is fill out a short solar power survey due by October 24th, 2014.

A contractor will then come to your home and do an assessment to see if you are eligible for solar panels.

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