Rocky Mountain Power fails 5,000 customers (again)

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 5,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers went without power Tuesday afternoon.

According to Rocky Mountain Power, 2,759 customers in Mapleton initially went without power Tuesday afternoon. That number dropped to 161 by about 5:30. It is unknown when their power will be restored.

There are 307 customers in the Decker Lake area of West Valley City without power, and it is expected to be restored around 8:30 p.m.

In Sandy, 2,205 customers were without power until about 4:45 p.m.

Do Your Past Commercial Solar Projects Qualify For An Unused Tax Deduction?

Since 2006, IRS Section 179D has permitted qualifying buildings to receive tax deductions for energy efficiency. In general, the solar industry has been unaware of this tax break and, as a result, has not taken advantage of it.

Here's a look at the 179D tax deduction, some reasons why it has been overlooked and, most importantly, whether there is still time for you or your clients to retroactively claim Section 179D.

Thorium could mean free power for all

Thorium is far safer than today's nuclear reactors.  The cost divided by 350 million people is minimal.


Utah among states to oppose EPA achieving GOD status

EPA Clean Power Plan Published, Hit With 24-State Lawsuit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is formally publishing the final Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register today, and a coalition of 24 states has launched a lawsuitagainst the agency in an effort to block the emissions-reduction initiative.

The Northeast Power Vacuum

The stagnation of nuclear power in the Northeast is creating a void of energy supplying the grid. What will fill the void?

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Solar Hot Water Collector Flow

Reader asks:

I’m curious about flow rate through solar water heating collectors and how that affects an SWH system’s efficiency. On one hand, it seems like a slower rate would allow more heat gain, since the water spends more time in the collector. But I also understand that efficiency is higher with water that is at a lower temperature. So then I assume that more water moving through the collector more quickly (even if it’s not getting as hot per cycle), is actually more efficient overall. Either way, how is a pump sized and flow rate optimized for maximum efficiency?

2 MW Solar Project At Rio Tinto Stadium In Utah

Norway-based REC Group has supplied its photovoltaic modules for the newly commissioned 2 MW solar installation at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The sports facility, which is the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake club and United Soccer League’s Real Monarchs, incorporates 6,414 REC Peak Energy 315 W, 72-cell solar panels spread across several solar parking structures and rooftops.

Want to build and profit from a solar EV charge station for electric cars?

It seems like a perfect combination: solar power and electric vehicles (EVs). Simply set up some charging stations that are powered by solar panels, and the EV driver can enjoy an emissions-free recharge. After all, solar costs are decreasing, and EVs are gaining in popularity, so why not combine the two?

Several charging station providers and solar companies say it is indeed possible to have solar supply at least some of the electricity to power plug-in vehicles, but there are a number of hurdles to a wide rollout of solar-powered EV charging stations.

Solar Financing Trends: Where They Are And Where They Are Headed

It is always a good indication that a market is maturing when consistent, less expensive sources of capital appear. Now more than ever, there are more sources of capital for solar transactions - especially debt in the commercial and industrial (C&I)/middle-market solar space. Non-bank lenders, regional banks and a few large national banks are creating renewable energy finance programs to meet the needs of this sector. This surge in competition to finance projects is driving rates and fees down on a regional basis.

Why is Energy Storage Such an Important Part of the Renewables Mix

In order to maintain the flow of power flowing efficiently, utility operators must attempt to steady the supply and demand consistently in order to meet peak demand.

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Energy storage has become a hot topic in the industry in the last couple of years, but what is it all about?


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