CASTLE VALLEY, Utah (Aug. 3, 2017) — A small township in Grand County has become the first municipality in Utah to use 100 percent renewable energy.
Castle Valley, which sits in eastern Utah, is now able to completely offset the energy used in their two municipal facilities with the energy produced by solar panels, coupled with renewable energy credits.
“Our goal has been to be a leader in cutting our carbon footprint and to encourage our citizens to follow suit,” said David Erley, Castle Valley mayor. “The town council strongly supported becoming carbon neutral and salutes Rocky Mountain Power’s efforts to provide avenues that allow the town, our citizens, and all their customers to do so.”
Erley said the town installed the solar panels in 2011 after receiving a federal grant. And this month they rounded out their energy portfolio by purchasing renewable energy credits from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program, which provides customers access to purchase green power.
Castle Valley’s municipal buildings include a city hall, which also serves as a library and meeting space, and a road shop that houses vehicles and other equipment. The town’s population is 348.
“It is a very small town but they have demonstrated that 100 percent renewable goals can be successfully met,” said Deb Dull, regional business manager for Rocky Mountain Power. “We look forward to assisting other cities and towns in achieving similar goals in the future.”
Rocky Mountain Power is currently working with Salt Lake City, Park City and Moab to reach their own renewable energy goals, and was recently ranked in the top three nationally by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the Blue Sky program.