UTAHNS WARMING TO SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
nvironmentalists long have dreamed of a time when the massive coal-fired plants that generate much of the nation’s electricity will fall idle, replaced by small, nonpolluting power production on individual homes and businesses.
For a slowing growing number of Utahns that dream no longer seems so far-fetched.
When Doug Shipley of Intermountain Wind & Solar opens the power bill for his 2,400 square-foot home in Farmington, most of the time it shows he hasn’t taken any energy off of the state’s power grid during the month.
Instead, the 24 solar panels on his property — installed at a cost of approximately $24,000 — produce all the electricity his family needs.