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SolarCity starts selling solar power to Utah homeowners

SolarCity is starting to sell its rooftop solar energy systems to homeowners in Utah.

The California-based company, which will occupy a giant solar panel factory in South Buffalo as part of the Buffalo Billion economic development initiative, said Tuesday it has started selling its solar arrays to residential customers as it expands its market area.

The push into Utah’s residential market isn’t surprising. SolarCity said last summer that it would build a regional corporate headquarters in Draper, Utah, now expected to be completed in December. The company is seeking to fill more than 100 corporate support jobs at its temporary offices in Utah. In all, SolarCity, which has more than 15,000 employees across the country, has said it expects to hire thousands of people in Utah over the next decade.

Utah ranked as the nation’s seventh-fastest growing solar market last year, according to GTM Research.