City Hall in 2013 will continue to waive some fees on certain environmentally friendly installations, a program that leaders say encourages the green projects.

The Park City Council recently agreed to again waive up to $1,000 on fees related to building permits on projects involving renewable energy systems. The $1,000 limit would cover all the building-permit fees on most projects, according to officials, who say a typical installation on a residential project involves $250 in those fees.

It will be the third year City Hall offers the incentive.

Tyler Poulson, who is the environmental sustainability manager at City Hall, said the installations eligible for the waivers are:

  • solar panels that generate electricity

  • solar thermal panel systems used to heat water

  • small-scale wind projects that generate electricity

    "In a tangible way, we could encourage people to install solar," Poulson said.

    Poulson said City Hall waived $1,021.62 in fees in 2012 on four residential projects. In the previous year, three projects participated in the program -- two commercial properties and one that is residential.

    A resolution passed by the City Council covering 2013 referred to the high use of fossil fuels in Utah and the possibilities renewable energies offer the community.

    "The deployment of clean, renewable energy technologies contributes positively to a wide variety of environment, social, and economic goals," the resolution says.

    It also notes that City Hall has finished six projects since 2009 involving cleaner-burning fuels and "encourages similar development within the community.


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    In a report to Mayor Dana Williams and the City Council, though, Poulson acknowledges the number of waivers requested remains low.

    "Despite limited use of the fee waiver, staff received a fair amount of positive feedback. Local solar installers, Park City residents, and other municipalities all expressed support for the initiative and encouraged its extension into the future," the report says.

    It adds that further publicity of the program could result in a more popular program.

    City Hall in recent years has expanded its environmental efforts, claiming that a warming planet could someday threaten the ski industry and Park City's wider economy. Officials have built solar installations on some public facilities and many municipal vehicles run on cleaner-burning fuels, as examples.

    For more information, contact Poulson at tyler.poulson@parkcity.org.