At the end of 2022, Utah ranked 9th in the United States for solar power energy capacity according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) due to its high ultraviolet (UV) index and the State’s investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The EIA also concluded that roughly sixteen percent (16%) of Utah’s total electricity generation comes from renewable energy sources, with solar energy generating more electricity than any other renewable resource type in the State.
According to the Utah Office of Energy Development: “The State of Utah boasts an abundance of sunlight that makes it an ideal locale for solar energy production due to an above-average number of sunny days per year as well as numerous cool, dry, flat areas that are conducive to solar electricity generation.”
Utah has demonstrated a commitment to advancing solar and other renewable energy types through a combination of state policies and initiatives, including those found in the County and Municipal Land Use, Development and Management Acts (§10-27a-102 / §10-9a-102).
Special Note: The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman has provided funding for this training program from the 1% surcharge on all building permits in the State of Utah.