Salt Lake City rises above many other American cities for solar energy

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  • CB Sports ,
    April 9, 2018 9:12 p.m.

    The chart A SOLAR STAR makes no sense. KW are not generated, kWhs are. I assume the heading should be power generation capacity (kW). Even the average kWs per project in the chart varies widely. For example, in 2012 the average kW/project is 37, and in 2016 it is 7. Beyond this, to look at installed capacity is meaningless comparison. One should be looking at power generated (kWhs) each year and compare that to power generated by other sources. Solar generated electricity is so small compared to what is actually consumed from all other sources, to conclude solar is booming is misleading. The solar industry is also stuck in the 1970s relative to sales tactics. You don’t get the full story about its limitations, cost benefit assumtions, how much you really need and there is pressure to sign up “today”. Seldom is anything said about heating in winter, because a roof full if solar panels is not nearly enough. It is very difficult to get any actual data on how well a house can run with roof top panels only. The solar industry needs to educate people with this information before they buy. Of course, if they do, sales will go down a lot.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    April 7, 2018 3:15 p.m.

    We recently moved here from Los Angeles area. Edison costs for electricity is very high since the AC is going 7 or more months per year. Some months my bills were close to $1000.

    I put solar panels on the house and recovered its cost in 7 years. Edison bills less than $100 per month were common. That include pool pump, air conditioners, and lights.

    Solar is a smart investment, but you need to match your solar generation to you needs unless electric company pays you for your surplus energy. Not sure they do it here. SoCal Edison did not.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    April 7, 2018 1:03 p.m.

    Thidder - the air in the SLC valley, like a lake, distributes pollutants. The smoke from a BBQ in your yard does not stay in your yard. Any improvement you make in reducing pollution helps everyone in the valley. The people in SLC are helping clean the air in Sandy. Our country was built on good citizens doing things that didn't just help themselves.

    Patriot - I guess we shouldn't have cars either, since they would be damaged by a massive hail storm. Answer = insurance. You would probably need to replace your roof anyway.

    G'day Batfink - Yes, solar only makes power when the sun shines, but you can back up the solar with batteries for 24 hour use. Or you can convert coal and oil fired power plants to natural gas to clean up the air. Pebble bed nuclear reactors hold out the promise of making nuclear waste a much more manageable issue (something China is spending loads of money on) and ultimately, nuclear fusion would offer unlimited, pollution free energy.

    What we need to do is stop wasting oil on things like cars and power. Oil is a finite resource and we will need it for lubricants, powering aircraft, etc.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    April 7, 2018 10:09 a.m.

    Thidder - MAPLETON, UT
    April 7, 2018 6:56 a.m.
    "If I add solar panels to my roof in Sandy, how does that reduce pollution and increase air quality in Salt Lake? Inquiring minds would like to know."

    The air you breath in Sandy isn't any different than the air in SLC.

    Solar helps to reduce the need for coal fired power plants putting out so much pollution, which helps globally. Every state west of the Mississippi can benefit heavily from solar energy.

    As for the claim made by another commenter about "grapefruit" sized hail in Provo, google doesn't back up that claim.

    Also, damage due to natural causes wouldn't be covered under a warranty. Homeowners insurance would cover the damage though because wind, rain, hail, are covered perils.

    "Just after 3 p.m. a pounding rain and hail storm passed over Provo and Springville. Traffic on 1-15 between the two cities came to a standstill about 3:30 p.m. when the storm reduced visibility and covered the freeway with a sheet of water and hail.

    Nickel-sized hail also pounded parts of Salt Lake County..."

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    April 7, 2018 8:48 a.m.

    Solar is a good thing in reducing air pollution, saving water, and making a resistant power grid.

    Salt Lake City is a great city seeking to become better. Thank you, Salt Lake City.

  • Thidder MAPLETON, UT
    April 7, 2018 6:56 a.m.

    If I add solar panels to my roof in Sandy, how does that reduce pollution and increase air quality in Salt Lake? Inquiring minds would like to know.

  • appdancer murfreesboro, rutherford co., TN
    April 7, 2018 6:03 a.m.

    How will the President's new 30 percent tax on imported parts for solar energy affect all this. Approximately 80 percent of our solar energy materials are imported, I think.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    April 7, 2018 5:14 a.m.

    i wonder if the expense is cost effective?

  • batfink Australia, 00
    April 7, 2018 1:43 a.m.

    The problem with everyone going solar is that it makes coal-fired power plants more expensive to run, so they ultimately close down- then when the sunlight is blocked, there's nothing to replace your electricity shortfall unless you have a diesel generator.

    Don't get me wrong, I love solar however, being a Latter Day Saint I'm also aware that there's a whole big prophecy in Revelations about a 'mountain of fire' in the last days that is cast into the sea.

    Don't forget, Joseph Smith's father had to find work elsewhere after the Indonesian Tambora volcano which blocked the sun over the USA for 2 years.

    The idea the radical greens are putting forward that says 'coal fired and nuclear plants can just fire back up when needed' is plain wrong- you'd be looking at 6-12 months to bring a decommissioned coal fired power plant back to life and 2 years minimum to bring an old nuclear power plant back to life.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 6, 2018 9:34 p.m.

    having glass on your roof? I recall back in about 1994 working in Provo when an incredible hail storm hit. I believe it was April and suddenly these golf ball to grape fruit sized chunks of ice were tearing trees down and shattering car windows in the parking lot and hopelessly denting cars and power transformers sparking. Quite the scene. It lasted for about 30 min and the damage was unreal. Since then I recall a few lesser hail storms so I wonder about having silicon glass on my roof. Expensive glass. Obviously hardened silicon material but honestly I know for a fact this 94 storm would have destroyed solar panel's . I would hope people have a 20 year replacement warranty on these things when they buy them.

  • I.M. Fletch Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2018 5:47 p.m.

    Am I the only one out there that is a bit concerned that the Salt Lake City Department of Sustainability seems not to understand the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour.