Rocky Mountain Power’s Commercial Customers Can Sign Up to Get Their Power From the Sun Without Rooftop Panels

May 06, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — Rocky Mountain Power's commercial customers have a new option to use solar power. Commercial customers can reserve solar blocks starting on May 9 by calling toll free 1-844-813-3971.

Construction is now beginning on a 20-megawatt solar plant near Holden, Utah. Subscriber Solar allows commercial and residential customers to purchase solar power if they rent their property, cannot afford to install solar or have roofs that are not suitable for solar panels.

Participants will be able to subscribe in 200-kilowatt-hour blocks up to their total average monthly usage. The benefits and costs of the program will vary depending on how much electricity a customer uses and how many blocks they support. The blocks will be divided so commercial and residential customers will be able to subscribe but the blocks will be available on a first come, first served basis.

"Specially trained call center agents will work directly with commercial customers when they call to see how much they could save or if it might cost slightly more to use this new solar option," said Keven Hoopiiaina, Subscriber Solar Program Manager. "Our business customers have told us they want more options to use solar and want to be able to show their customers they are committed to renewable energy and reducing their carbon footprint."

Solar plantHigh-energy users in the summer may actually pay less for their energy because electricity costs can be higher during that season. Customers can subscribe for up to 20 years so the 'locked-in' generation rate could also save customers money if electricity prices go up in the future. The solar plant for the program will be built this year and be on-line for customers on January 1, 2017.

Several thousand blocks have been reserved for our residential customers and they can begin reserving solar blocks on June 21. Residential customers will also have access to an online rate calculator so they can see how much it will save or cost to participate in the program.

This short video shows how Subscriber Solar works: More information about the program and photos from the April 21 groundbreaking ceremony can be found here:

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