Solar permitting fees reduced

Summit County has reduced the solar permitting fee from $388.50 to $50 for the remainder of the year to encourage the use of solar power and to kick-start the budding solar market in Summit County.

"The County is in complete support of residential solar and is pleased to offer this incentive as encouragement to increase the use of renewable energy," said County Manager Bob Jasper.

The price of solar panels has hit an all time low, dropping by more than 50 percent since 2007. With the application of current state and federal tax credits, a system that once cost upwards of $20,000 is now more likely to cost $10,000 to $12,000, according to Lisa Yoder, County Sustainability Coordinator.

After five to 10 years, the system will have paid for itself and continue to provide electricity cost saving for the next 15 to 20 years, Yoder said. Continuous improvements in technology now allow the industry to typically warranty residential systems for 25 years. The rate of return on investment can increase over time if electricity rates increase.

Over the last two years, the County has worked to improve the solar permitting process in conjunction with the Wasatch Solar Challenge. Residents and solar installers are now able to use a streamlined online process to get permits within 3 days. Individuals can learn more at www.co.summit.ut.us/building/solar.php .

Friends of the Summit County Libraries used book sale

The Friends of the Summit County Libraries is holding the annual Memorial Day weekend used book sale from Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27 at the Sheldon Richins Building, located at 6505 North Landmark Drive.

Members are invited to a sneak preview on May 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Residents may join or renew their memberships that night for $10.

The public sale is Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 from noon till 5 p.m.

Fill a Friends of the Summit County Libraries bag with books for $15 or purchase a new bag full of books for $18.

The bargain blow-out is on Monday, May 27 from noon to 5 p.m. Fill your own bag with books for $5 during the blow-out event.

Individual books for adults and children cost $1 or less. Videos, DVDs and books-on-tape will also be available for purchase.

Funds from previous fundraisers help pay for library materials and events, such as the summer reading program for kids.

Late Coalville resident honored

Kathleen Higgins, who lived in Coalville part-time and passed away there from cancer in 2008, was commemorated on May 2 with a reception unveiling a painting donated in her honor to Western Wyoming Community College.

Higgins worked for the college for 27 years as occupational student services coordinator.

The painting, an image of wild mustangs in the desert painted by Western wildlife artist Bernie Jensen, was donated by friends and family of Higgins.

Higgins' husband, Ted, currently resides in Coalville.