PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Park City becomes the 19th city in the United States, and the second city in Utah, to commit to 100 percent renewable energy.
Park City’s pledge comes just months after Salt Lake City made the same commitment to use completely renewable electricity by 2032. In fact, the two cities are working together to make this dream a reality. Park City and Salt Lake City have partnered together on a feasibility study to look at current clean energy sources and those that may need to be created in order to reach their 2032 goal.
It’s a lofty goal, but Salt Lake City officials says the time is right for Utah to make a major shift in energy development. Salt Lake City’s Sustainability Program Manager Tyler Poulson said, “Utah is one of the ten sunniest states in the union and in the last few years we’ve really crossed a threshold where the economics of solar have become really feasible both for rooftops all the way up to large scale utility projects. And so the time is right now to develop based on our local resources, drive local clean energy jobs and really make a win not just for Salt Lake City and Park City, but Utah as a whole.”
Park City has already made some great strides toward the 2032 energy goals as well as its 2022 carbon emissions goal. Luke Cartin, Park City’s Environmental Sustainability Manager explained, “The city has over 1,200 solar panels installed on their facilities. We also have a very intense energy efficiency program that’s currently running, and we have electric buses showing up pretty soon.”
If Park City and Salt Lake City can make this commitment to clean energy in a state that relies on coal for 80% of its power Park City Mayor Jack Thomas hopes others will follow. “I think this endeavor is to really make a statement and become part of that accumulative affect of small towns across the country, or even larger towns like Salt Lake City, to build a critical mass because I believe the solution and the work that needs to be done has to be from the ground up,” said Thomas.
The feasibility study is expected to be completed some time this year.