Title

Utah's Renewable Energy: A Permitting Plan for the Movement of Solar Energy from the Source to the Grid

Date of Award

8-17-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

John Hill

Keywords

Environmental; Permitting; Renewable Energy; Solar Energy; Transmission Line

Abstract

Solar energy is a constantly renewable source of light and heat in the Western U.S. However, few western states take advantage of solar energy because of the complications in environmental permitting. Solar energy has few programs tailored to it. In Utah, these programs don't exist because solar energy has not been used as a major source of energy before. This document pulls together information on regulations and environment permitting requirements from dozens of federal, state, and local entities to provide a clearer picture of what regulations a commercial solar energy transmission line would be subject to. The result is the Permitting Guidance Manual, which provides step-by-step guidance for Utah solar energy transmission lines.

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