What is the BizSolar program?
BizSolar is a new program developed that allows commercial customers to install solar panels at their place of business to generate renewable electricity to supplement their electrical needs for the business and benefit the community. The program is voluntary and make not make financial sense for all businesses. We suggest you talk to a qualified solar system vendor to learn more about the cost and benefits of solar generation for your business.
What is renewable energy and why is it important?
Renewable energy is electrical energy generated from power resources that can be regenerated or replenished naturally, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower. Renewable energy is important for the following reasons:
- Less impact on the environment than fossil-fueled power
- Source is limitless and clean
- Better air quality with no added air pollutants
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
Why does my City offer this program?
First of all, we want to give our customers choice. For several years we have offered a “Net Metering Program” for residential customers. Now, we want to offer a program for those businesses that want to install and operate a solar system.
How do I get started?
We suggest that you contact several qualified solar system vendors located in Utah. They will be glad to visit your business and propose a number of different systems to select from. With the information available on our website, they should be able to explain the financial costs and returns along with all of the environmental attributes of a system.
What size of solar system should I install?
The program is for 25 kW or greater. The size of system for your business depends on your level of interest in renewable generation for the business and your ability to finance the system. These are questions you should seek the advice of qualified solar system vendor.
Will save money on my electric bill?
This program is designed for UMPA to buy and pay for renewable energy generated by the businesses’ solar panels. The business will continue to pay the city utility for their usage of electricity under the same rate structure. However, the cost of electricity will be offset by the payment to the business by UMPA for all of the renewable energy generated.
How do I apply?
Once you have a plan from your selected solar vendor, please apply using the application form located on the BizSolar website. If you have questions, please contact us by calling or visiting your local electrical utility service center:
- Levan 435-623-1959 | 20 N. Main St.
- Manti 435-835-2401 | 50 S. Main St.
- Nephi 435-623-0822 | 21 E. 100 N.)
- Provo 801-852-6000 | 351 W. Center St.
- Salem 801-423-2770 | 30 W. 100 S.
- Spanish Fork 801-804-4506 | 40 S. Main St.
Is there a contract?
Yes. This is an important financial and operational transaction. There is an interconnection agreement between the business and the electric utility to cover the interconnection to the electrical grid. And a second agreement between the business and UMPA to buy and pay for the energy. A sample of both agreements are online.