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Tom Smart, Deseret News
Sara Baldwin, front right, with Utah Clean Energy, stands with Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott, left, Park City Mayor Dana Williams, Midvale Mayor JoAnne Seghini, West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, representing the Wasatch Solar Challenge Team. The team formally launched efforts to lower the cost and simplify the process for residential and commercial solar energy projects Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — Local government leaders are looking to harness the power of the sun.

Mayors of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Midvale City, Park City and West Valley — representing the Wasatch Solar Challenge Team — formally launched efforts to lower the cost and simplify the process for residential and commercial solar energy projects on Tuesday.

The team is a coalition of six local governments led by Salt Lake City, the official award recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy's Rooftop Solar Challenge funding.