The Summit County Council has waived the solar photovoltaic building permit fee through 2016 to encourage county residents to embrace renewable energy and energy efficiency, said Lisa Yoder, the county's sustainability coordinator.

"We can help move our residents toward solar energy by reducing the cost of solar installations," said Summit County Manager Bob Jasper in a release.

The building permit fee, $388.50, is a so-called "soft cost" that represents two-thirds of the overall installation, Yoder said.

The solar building permit fee waiver comes after a year when the County reduced the fee to only $50, she said. Yoder recommended the waiver in part to align with Park City's resolution for building department fee waivers on new renewable energy projects through 2016 that was adopted in May.

Yoder hopes the waiver will spur county residents to participate in U Community Solar, a University of Utah-led program that is available to, according to its website:

  • all residents of Summit, Salt Lake and Davis Counties
  • who own their home
  • live in a grid-tiered residence

Participation in U Community Solar is available on a first-come, first-served basis through Oct. 1, 2014.

Similar to the successful Summit County Solar program in 2013, U Community Solar provides, according to its website:

  • a streamlined installation process for members of the community
  • a substantial discount on residential solar -- about 25 percent for a typical installation, made possible through University facilitation of a supplier discount
  • pre-screened installers that are selected by the University based on quality and price

A workshop will be held at the University's Union Theater at the A. Ray Olpin University Union (200 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City) on July 17 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and at the same location and same time on Sept. 10.

Visit www.mycommunitysolar.org/ucommunitysolar or call 801-903-4046 (extension 106) to learn more.