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New Rooftop Solar Installations Down In Utah

New rooftop solar installations in Utah are down 23 percent after the state's main power company reached a deal to pay customers less for the power they generate. 

The Standard-Examiner reports Rocky Mountain Power, in a deal that took effect in November, phased out its net-metering program in Utah, which paid solar customers the market rate for their excess energy sent to the grid. 

New solar customers are in a transitional program that pays slightly less than market rate.

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The customers who installed solar panels before November are grandfathered at the previous rates until 2035. 

According to the utility's most recent net-metering report, nearly 9,400 customers installed new solar arrays from 2017-18. About 12,400 new rooftop solar installations were reported in 2016.