The results are in from Rocky Mountain Power's annual solar lottery. Of 1,466 residential customers who applied, 248 won the opportunity to receive ratepayer assistance installing rooftop solar equipment.
The winners may contribute 845 kilowatts of clean solar energy to the grid. The 1,218 losers might have contributed 5,232 kilowatts of solar energy. Some may try again next year. Some will forego installing solar. Those who can afford it will "go solar" anyway.
For some perspective: RMP's seven coal-burning plants produce 2,247,000 kilowatts of electricity. The utility has nine gas-burning plants that produce another 2,027,000 kilowatts.