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Hear what other's have to say about solar! Read the rest of Mayor Caldwell's quote along with testimonials from past community solar program participants.

 "As we plan for Ogden's future and the infrastructure needed to serve a population that could potentially double in the next 40 years, we know it behooves all of us to consider renewable  sources of energy. Homes powered by clean, silent, and efficent solar panels will be one more smart way to decrease our carbon footprint while sustaining the quality of life we have grown to enjoy here along the Wasatch."

-Ogden Mayor, Mike Caldwell




"I have solar energy today because of the Susie Hulet Solar Energy program. Access to trusted solar energy information and a streamlined process for proposal development and implementation with a pre-selected contractor made the difference for me. I know Susie would be proud of the work of her family, friends and others for championing our collective action to build a more sustainable environment for our community." 

-Ann Milner, Utah State Senator and WSU President 2002-2012



 Ann Millners solar




Johns sign



"Installing solar panels on our house has been a win-win situation. I was initially motivated to pursue solar so I could reduce our carbon footprint and model sustainable practices for our kids. After all, they will inherit the world we leave them. The Susie Hulet Community Solar program made the process easy to navigate, and it allowed me to lead by example in the eyes of my two teenagers.

Later, after the install was complete and I received the first Rocky Mountain Power bill, I felt like I had a second victory when the monthly energy bill was less than $10. #soakinginthesun" 

-John Kowalewski




"The Ogden Nature Center is so grateful to the Susie Hulet Community Solar Program for motivating us to move forward with a significant solar installation. For the Ogden Nature Center, reducing our carbon emissions and being responsible stewards of our natural resources has been of prime importance.

Converting the Ogden Nature Center to solar has been a goal since I became the director 12 years ago, but our board and staff thought it would take a few more years to make it happen. With the help of friends, supporters, and Susie's family, we were able to quickly jump on board after the community solar program was launched. We are very grateful to all involved for making our solar installation possible and for inspiring us to take this leap forward."

Mary McKinley, Executive Director of the Ogden Nature Center


    Ogden Nature Center Solar
 Dave Grafs Solar



It has been so exciting and such a pleasure to learn about solar energy for our home through Susie Hulet Community Solar.  Our solar system was quickly and professionally installed by local solar energy company, Gardner Energy too!

My wife Kim and I purchased a home on Ogden’s east bench in April.  Shortly after, I became involved with SHCS, Weber State University and Utah Clean Energy.  I hadn’t taken a close look at solar energy for about 20 years.  After the first meeting, there was no doubt that a solar array was going to be part of the renovation at our new home!

For us, there were several reasons to add solar to our roof.  First, production of electricity by way of photovoltaic panels has become very efficient and prices of panels and associated equipment has become very affordable in recent years.  Additionally, the state of Utah and the federal government  both are offing significant  tax credits that nearly cut the cost in half.  We also like the idea of having no monthly electric bill!  These savings will pay for the system in just over 9 years.  Our air quality and environment will also be positively impacted by reducing the emissions produced by coal fired electric power plants. This is something we can see in Utah along the Wasatch Front!

For all residents interested in considering solar, this coalition of Weber State University, Utah Clean Energy, and the associated volunteer committees have done the “heavy lifting” around researching technology, vetting solar contractors and assembling a complete solar “package” to purchase for installation.  The process is streamlined and easy.  There is no sales pressure and no obligation until you sign the final proposal making it a contract.

-Dave & Kim Graf, Ogden


The Susie Hulet Community Solar Program "lit the way" and made our solar installation both easy and affordable. The workshop presenters clearly detailed the steps, the costs and savings, and the long-term benefits to the environment. The program's solar energy installer, Gardner Energy, quickly provided a proposal that detailed the costs, and the financial and environmental benefits specific to our project. 

Our 10 panels were installed in early August. Gardner could not have been more professional and helpful. Since we also needed a new roof, they worked seamlessly with the roofing contractor and included the roof replacement in the tax-credit eligible solar project. 

The Numbers: Our total out of pocket costs are less than $5,000 after the tax credits. Because we made our home solar ready (energy efficent) the 2.85 kW system will generate 95 percent of our electricity needs. Over the 25-year lifespan of the system we will offset over 180,000 lbs. of coal, while seeing a substainial return-on-investment. 

This is the perfect time to go solar because: 1) Weber State has vetted the contractor and negotiated bulk pricing, 2) The per-panel cost is a fraction of the cost just a few years ago, 3) The federal tax credit of 30 percent is due to expire at the end of 2016, and 4) If you have to borrow, interest rates remain at record lows. Finally - and most important - we all can brethe easier by going solar!  

-Karen Thurber and John Hinds, Ogden, Utah



Karen Thurber Solar





Kims Solar Panels6



"We chose to go solar to reduce our carbon footprint and get a good return on our investment.

We got in the cue early just so our solar installation could validate our claims that Susie Hulet Community Solar makes it easy and affordable to go solar for electricity. We completed the solar survey at the end of May, had a site visit survey and contract signed by mid June, and were enjoying solar-generated electricity by mid July.

The preliminary estimate from Gardner Energy, through to the final invoice stayed the same... no surprises. Installation was professional grade and I like the materials and fixtures used to rack the panels. All we did was write checks... and I wrote a blog describing our experience, from taking the solar survey to watching system production and how the net meter works.

Our 24 solar panels will cut our carbon footprint in half, will pay for themselves in less than ten years, and will give me a long term financial return of more than 10% per year." 

-Kim Wheatley, Huntsville, Utah





"My late wife Susie and I investigated going solar a few years ago but the task was too daunting. I received a solicitation from the University of Utah about the U Community Solar program and contacted them. I was told that residents of Weber County were not eligible for the program so I contacted the installer directly. The installer matched the price of the University of Utah program and without any hassles installed solar on my roof. I have cut my monthly power bill to almost nothing, I'm getting a tax credit on my income taxes, and I'm making myself more carbon neutral. Susie asked, "Why can't Weber State do the same program that the University of Utah did?" We're now taking care of that."

- Elliot and Susie Hulet of South Ogden went solar in 2014


     Hulet Solar Aerial Photo
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“Mary and I had talked about adopting solar for some time.  We had read in recent years that the rooftop solar technology had finally “arrived”, with good reliability and dramatically lower prices, but the complexity kept it on our back burner.  Even though I’m an electrical engineer, it seemed like a big project –  lots of issues to research and analyze.

When the University of Utah sent their flyer in the spring of 2014, we jumped.  They had done the homework for us.  The program made it easy.  Through an extensive competitive process, they had pre-select experienced contractors to install turn-key systems with pre-negotiated discounted pricing.  Our installer dealt with the pre-installation approvals and permits and provided us with the information necessary to get the 30% federal and $2,000 state income tax credits.  Part of our proposal was a financial analysis that showed pretty clearly rooftop solar has become a low-risk, high-return investment.

We installed solar on our roof in June 2014.  Our power bill in July was $9.09.  For the first time ever, we didn’t mind hearing our air conditioner whizzing in mid-July, knowing that 100% of the power driving it was coming directly from the sun beating down on very our roof!”

- Don and Mary Garner, Salt Lake City, Utah


 "I really wish that I had the opportunity to participate in a community solar program when I installed solar on my home two years ago. Figuring out where to start and who to talk to was a bit daunting. But all of the work to get our solar panels installed was totally worth it. Now that we are producing enough energy to cover all of our energy consumption, I actually enjoy receiving my monthly statement from Rocky Mountain Power!"

-  Jenn Bodine and Chad Downs of Ogden went solar in 2013

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