2022 Utah Solar Panels Guide
Here’s what we’ll cover in this guide:
- Pros and cons of solar panels in Utah
- How to find a great solar company
- What you can expect to pay for solar installation
- State incentives and resources
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Going Solar in Utah
While we love solar energy for many reasons, we’re not going to shy away from listing the pros and cons to going solar in Utah. Below you’ll read the top three advantages and disadvantages of installing a solar system in the state, empowering you to make an informed decision about whether solar panels are worth it for your Utah household.
|Pros of Solar Panels in Utah||Cons of Solar Panels in Utah|
|You can capitalize on solar incentives like the Utah state tax credit and national tax credit. Some counties and utilities may offer other local incentives for solar.||Electricity prices are relatively low in Utah, so you won’t save as much on your power bill compared to solar users in other states.|
|Utah receives some of the highest levels of direct sunlight in the country, meaning solar panels are much more effective here. (That also means you won’t need as many solar panels to power your home.)||There’s no statewide net metering program. However, Rocky Mountain Power customers can earn credits for generating solar power and some local counties also offer rebates and incentives.|
|Multiple studies have shown that having solar panels increases the property value of a home.||Unlike some other states, Utah doesn’t provide any solar tax exemptions, which means your property taxes may rise after adding solar panels.|
How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Utah?
Another benefit of going solar in Utah is that the average cost of solar panels there is nearly on par with the national average. Based on solar industry market research and data from top brands, we’ve found the average price of solar panels in Utah to be $2.68 per watt, which is just slightly higher than the national average of $2.66.
Because you pay for solar per-watt, the cost of your rooftop solar project can vary drastically depending on how many kilowatts (kW) you install. The average solar system size in Utah is 8 kW but may range from 5 kW to 10 kW. That means the price for the average Utah solar panel system will fall between $13,383 and $26,767 based on system size.
Please note that all the figures we just covered don’t factor in any solar incentives or tax credits that may drastically lower the cost of your system. These prices also don’t include add-ons for your solar photovoltaic system, like a solar battery for home energy storage. For more information on the cost of solar panels in Utah — including the cost after incentives and what your return on investment may look like — click here.
Find Solar Companies in Utah
After comparing dozens of providers, the EcoWatch Review Team found the best solar companies in Utah to be Blue Raven Solar, ES Solar and Creative Energies Solar. These companies passed our rigorous standards, scoring high in categories that we feel define the best solar companies. These include warranty coverage, years of experience, variety of services, customer service, industry credentials and more. If you’d like more information, visit our solar review standards page.
While Utah is a great state for solar, certain cities shine brighter when it comes to solar energy benefits.
As such, certain solar installers may be better depending where you live in Utah. Click the links below to find the best solar installers in each Utah city:
- Best solar companies in Salt Lake City
- Best solar companies in Provo
- Best solar companies in Park City
- Best solar companies in St. George
- Best solar companies in West Jordan
Don’t see your city listed above? That doesn’t mean it’s not a good place to install solar. Visit our best solar companies in Utah page — you’ll find a list of the top solar installers in more Utah cities at the bottom of the review.
What Types of Solar Panels Should You Install in Utah?
Because Utah has powerful sun exposure, it’s not as critical to pick one type of solar panel over another. But certain factors specific to your home — like the layout of your roof or your household energy usage — may make it better suited for a specific type of panel.
There are three basic categories of solar panels: monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin-film. Each type of solar panel available in Utah has its own pros and cons:
- Monocrystalline: Monocrystalline panels are made from a single, pure crystal of silicon. This allows them to have higher efficiency levels, but they also tend to be more expensive. If you have less space on your roof and can only fit a small number of panels, monocrystalline solar panels may be the only viable option.
- Polycrystalline: Polycrystalline solar panels are also made of silicon, but in this case, they are assembled from smaller fragments. This means they are often a little less efficient than monocrystalline panels, but they are also a more affordable option.
- Thin-Film: Finally, thin-film solar panels can be made from a variety of ultra-thin materials. Thin-film panels are recommended when you need something that’s lightweight, flexible and portable; they work better for RVs and camping than for homes. Thin-film panels can be relatively low in efficiency when compared to the other two options.
Curious to see EcoWatch’s picks for the best solar panels on the market? Click here.
Utah’s Incentives For Going Solar
You can save money on your solar panel system by taking advantage of Utah’s solar incentives. Here’s an outline of some of the major incentives available to solar users in the Beehive State:
|Incentive||How it Affects Solar Panels in Utah|
|Utah Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit |
|The RESTC offers a state tax credit worth 25% of the residential solar installation costs, with a maximum of $800 for installations completed in 2022. The maximum value will fall to $400 in 2023 and will not be available thereafter.1|
|Net metering||Net metering allows users to send excess solar energy back to the local power grid in exchange for credits to use against future energy bills. This eliminates energy storage costs while also reducing monthly electric bills. Rocky Mountain Power has a net billing program in Utah, which is similar to net metering.2|
|Local solar incentives||A number of counties and utility companies may offer rebates and other incentives for solar panel installation. Check for any available incentives in your region before going solar.|
|Federal solar investment tax credit (ITC)||The ITC allows solar energy system owners to claim a credit equivalent to 26% of their solar system’s costs. The value of the tax incentive is set to reduce to 24% in 2023 and will be phased out for residential systems thereafter.3|
For more in-depth information, visit our Utah solar incentives page.
Utah Solar Resources
Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful when doing your homework on solar panels in Utah.
Utah Solar Loan Providers
Installing a solar panel system is a big investment, so many homeowners choose to take on a loan to help with the upfront costs. Below is a list of some of the most popular solar loan providers in Utah:
- Celtic Bank
- Clean Energy Credit Union
- Dividend Solar
- Ensemble by CED
- EnerBank USA
- ezSolarLoan by Community 1st Credit Union
- GreenBiz Financial
- Green Sky Credit
- Home Loan Investment Bank
- Medallion Bank
- Sungage Financial
- Sunlight Financial
For more information on ways to pay for your solar panels, check out our solar financing guide.
Utah State Solar Resources
Here are some resources addressing energy needs and information in Utah that you may find helpful:
- Utah Solar Incentives
- Utah State Energy Plan
- Utah Public Service Commission
- Utah Energy Facts and Data
History of Solar Energy Policy in Utah
Utah passed its first solar policy in 1979, with the state’s solar easement regulations.4 The solar easement policy created a process for property owners to work with their neighbors to make sure their solar panels won’t be obstructed by new construction.
Nothing would happen to advance solar in Utah until 2001, when the state government passed the Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit (RESTC). This allowed homeowners to claim 25% of an eligible solar system cost (or $1,600, whichever was less), when filing state taxes. Unfortunately, the RESTC is being phased out, so the credit’s current maximum is $800. It will end completely come 2024, so if you’re thinking of installing solar panels in Utah, you should act quickly to reap the most financial benefit.5
Just a year after the RESTC was created, the state of Utah passed a solar policy in 2002 requiring public utilities to make net metering available to customers.6 However, the only utility it applies to in Utah is Rocky Mountain Power (RMP). In 2017, the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC) approved a settlement between RMP, regulatory and state agencies and others that reduced the payment rate of electricity for solar users in Utah and added a capacity cap.7
In short, the net billing update means that only solar customers who established interconnection before November 15, 2017, will reap the full benefits of net metering in Utah. As it stands, the amount RMP pays for incoming energy ranges from $0.055 to $0.058 per kilowatt-hour.8
Back to more positive solar news: Policymakers passed a Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) goal in 2008 for all utilities to use renewable energy for 20% of their adjusted retail electric sales by 2025.9
Here are some of Utah’s most notable solar installations:
- Utah Red Hills Renewable Park. Completed in 2016, this photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 104 megawatts (MW) of electricity — enough to power over 20,419 Utah homes.10
- IKEA installed one of the largest solar installations — 1 MW of solar capacity — at its Draper location.11 Other large retailers have also gone solar in Utah, including Patagonia and Uinta Brewing Company.
As of 2022, Utah has installed over 2,598 megawatts (MW) of solar — enough to power over 520,000 homes.12 Close to 10% of the state’s electricity comes from solar, and if it continues on this path, Utah will likely become one of the top states for solar within the next few years.