April 26, 2018 · Salt Lake City · (No comments)

Salt Lake City Utah ranked number ten in seventy cities ranked for solar power generated per person. Salt Lake has taken the initiative to make all there municipal buildings solar powered by 2032. So far the city has 14 municipal buildings equipped with solar panels. The 14 buildings and the resident’s participation in the Rockey Mountain Powers solar subscriber program are what contributed to them being so high on the list. The city expects that it will meet 12 percent of its energy needs through solar energy.

The list is created by Environment America to rank what cities have 50 or more solar watts installed per person. Environment America is calling these cities their solar stars. In 2013 there were only eight cities that meet the requirements for the list, and Salt Lake wasn’t among them. Since then the city has worked hard to compete with larger cities like San Deigo who once again ranked number two on the list. Salt Lake city ranked right underneath Riverside, California and right above San Antonio, Texas.

According to Environment America, there are still some things that Salt Lake City could be doing to improve there score. Some of the things that they suggest for cities include, expanding solar programs to low-income families, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. They could make permits and zoning fees more affordable. The city could also push for stronger state-level solar policies.

Environment America is an organization of state-based environmental advocates. The organization research issues such as clean energy, and advocates for environmental policies through lobbying and public support.

Millennials are waiting longer to buy their first home with many skipping starter homes to move straight to million dollar properties. Experts believe that there are many different reasons that people are waiting longer to purchase their first home including the fact that they are waiting longer in life to get married.

The hottest city in the United States for millennials to buy property in is Salt Lake City. Homes located within zip code 84104 are especially attractive to millennials who are spending an average of 30 percent of their income on their home purchase. The average home in this zip code sells for $149,000. Many people are drawn to the area because of nearby recreation opportunities, a thriving economy and an attractive downtown area. In fact, the entire Salt Lake City community has experienced over a 49 percent real estate growth rate for 2017 when compared to 2016.

Millennials are also considering nearby Sandy, Utah. While the average home there sells for $302,000, many millennials are holding out waiting for the most expensive homes to come on the market while paying down their student loans. This community located 17.5 miles south of Salt Lake City is developing a master biking and walking plan to attract millennials who do not want to own a car.

Other areas popular with millennials include Palm Beach and Orlando, Florida, along with Seattle and Houston. California, however, still holds the most cities in the top 10 where millennials are choosing to settle including the San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose areas.