Utah ranks #14 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

Solar power in Utah

Last fact checked on June 27, 2019 by Catherine Lane

Utah continues to be a strong performer in the residential solar sector, despite having some of the lowest power prices in the nation.

Net metering and the state tax credit combined with the federal tax credit provide great savings when it comes to installing solar for Utah homeowners.


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Solar power in Utah

Utah solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2020
Price shown before incentives

8 Years 5 Months

Average payback time


Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


levelized cost of solar energy


If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 10.25kW system

This 10.25kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Utah is $142, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.

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How much do solar panels cost in Utah

$2.73 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 26% solar tax credit

$4.06 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 26% solar tax credit

15.7¢ cents/kWh

Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in Utah

The advantage of installing solar panels in Utah is that there is both a statewide tax credit and federal tax credit. Utah also has some of the highest levels of solar irradiation in the country, meaning a solar system installed on your home in Utah will produce more power than solar systems in other parts of the country.

SolarPowerRocks provides a great breakdown of solar incentives and policy for each state within the US.

The disadvantage of installing solar panels in Utah is that power prices are much lower in the state than they are in other parts of the country. That means for each kilowatt hour of solar power your system produces, you receive less back than you would in other states. Utah also does not have much in the realm of incentives and rebates.

However, the state tax credit, high solar production, and a general decrease in the cost of solar more than make up for the low electric prices and lacking incentives. Homeowners in Utah will be kicking themselves if they don’t install solar panels while these generous incentives are still around.

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Best brands of solar panels

To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so while solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.


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How much electricity will solar panels produce in Utah

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Salt Lake City area solar panels installed on a south facing 30 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,570kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.


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What rebates, solar tax credits and other solar incentives are available in Utah?

State solar tax credit

In Utah, you are entitled to a state solar tax credit that is equal to 25% of the total system installation costs and is capped at $1,200.

Combine this with the federal tax credit and you will be able to greatly decrease the amount of taxes that you owe.



Net metering in Utah

Through net metering, your utility is required to give you credit for excess solar generation that is sent to the grid. Thanks to a ruling in 2017, the state’s only investor-owned utility, Rocky Mountain Power, credits customers for the full retail value of each excess kilowatt hour of power they produce and send back to the grid.

Smaller municipal utilities, however, offer avoided cost metering, meaning they credit you for a lesser amount than the retail price for your excess power.

Utah Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Utah we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.



What you can find out about installing solar panels in Utah using our full monthly solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this Utah solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.


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Going solar in Utah

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Utah can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Incentive Name Eligibility Type
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Federal Personal Tax Credit
Renewable Energy Systems State Tax Credit State Personal Tax Credit
Net Billing State Net Metering
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Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.