Green Initiatives

New Solar Panels in Kearns

Steve Lloyd
Utah Olympic Oval Solar Project

With the support of key community and industry partners, Utah Olympic Oval is very excited to announce the completion of the Solar Project, Utah’s largest solar array to-date. This project was accomplished with the support of the State of Utah Department of Facilities Construction & Management, Salt Lake County, Rocky Mountain Power, Oquirrh Recreation & Parks District, BacGen Technologies, and Solar City.

uoo-solarUtah Olympic Oval is open 363 days per year with 1,000 tons of refrigeration capacity and 5.44 acres (300,000 square feet) of conditioned clear span space. The building consumes approximately six million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually and on average, electrical utility costs exceed $750,000 annually.

The new 791 kilowatt solar array consists of 3,108 solar modules mounted on parking canopy shade structures located in the parking lot south of the Olympic Oval building. The solar energy system is expected to generate more than one million kWh annually. This will reduce the building’s need for market-rate power by approximately 20 percent. The total project cost is $1.399 million.

The Olympic Oval solar project is forecasted to pay for itself in less than five years through the support of community grants and tax credits with long-term savings of approximately $100,000 per year. Over the life of the system, the projected cumulative savings amount is expected to reach $3.7 million.