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New Solar Installations In Utah Down Following Rate Change

Man installs home solar panels.

  New rooftop solar installations are down 23 percent after Utah's main power company reached a deal to pay customers less for the power they generate.

Rocky Mountain Power in a deal that went into effect in November phased out the net-metering program, which paid solar customers the market rate for their excess energy sent to the grid.

New solar customers are in a transitional program that pays slightly less than the market rate. The customers who installed solar panels before November are grandfathered at the previous rates until 2035.

According to the utility's most recent net-metering report, nearly 9,400 customers installed new solar arrays from 2017-18. About 12,400 new rooftop solar installations were reported in 2016.