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Solar panels to adorn rooftops of 10 SLC houses of worship

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Posted at 6:57 PM, Jan 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-27 20:57:32-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Congregation Kol Ami, along with nine different houses of worship across northern Utah, will soon have solar panels covering their rooftops.

On Monday Rocky Mountain Power announced the organizations chosen for the Blue Sky Renewable Energy Funding.

Blue Sky funding works to bring community-based renewable energy projects to Utah.

"We're here to announce $1.8 million in Blue Sky funding for 22 Utah organizations including 10 houses of worship," said Jeff Hymas spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power.

The faith-based groups say they are excited to support renewable energy development in Utah.

"In Genesis God tells us to be good stewards of the world and with this we actually get to do that,” said Rabbi Ilana Chwartzman for Kol Ami.

Chwartzman said Kol Ami’s responsibility is much bigger than just individuals but as a community they can really make a difference.

"Anything that we don't have to spend in making sure that the lights are on in this place we can put back into our community and making a difference in other ways," Chwartzman said.

The solar panels last around 20 to 25 years, providing clean, renewable energy that is often times less expensive.