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Power company proposes new charge on homes with solar panels


SALT LAKE CITY — Jim French moved to Utah eight years ago. He loved his new home but hated the air.

“We were concerned about helping the air quality in the valley,” French of Salt Lake City said.

Five years ago he decided to help out by getting solar panels.

“We wanted to help the environment and specifically we wanted to help the air shed issues the air quality issues in the valley,” French said.

Environmental Group Fights 'Solar Penalty'

Utah Public Radio

An environmental group says it’s a bad idea to hike the cost of clean-energy investments that are good for the community. That’s why the group HEAL Utah is rallying against Rocky Mountain Power’s request to charge solar-panel owners a new fee. HEAL’s Matt Pacenza calls the $4.25-a-month charge a “solar penalty.”

Plan to power Sandy with trash turned to gas met with support, skepticism



SANDY, Utah — Could Sandy be America’s first total recycling city, using recycled garbage turned into methane gas and used as energy?

A private company wants to do just that by building a garbage collection and recycling plant using innovative technology.

The new facility would be built at the current Public Works yard at 8775 South 700 West.

Navitus wants to build their 5-acre, 160,000 square foot facility in Sandy, and their innovative recycling technology is something Sandy City is on board to implement.

Clean Cars Help Utahns Cut Smog Now

Utah Public Radio

Clean Cars Help Utahns Cut Smog Now