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Largest Solar Rooftop Project in U.S. Planned For Salt Palace

Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center could be getting the largest rooftop solar facility in the United States.

NexGen Energy and Bella Energy have been chosen to develop a solar installation on the roof of the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The team presented a plan to install up to 2.6 megawatts of solar modules on the structure. If built to that capacity, the companies say it will be the largest U.S. rooftop solar facility, generating more than 3,330,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year while reducing the building’s consumption by 25%.

NexGen Energy will own and operate the facility and sell the power to Salt Lake County at a 20-year fixed rate. Bella Energy will design and install the project. Construction is expected to begin later this year. The final contract will include an option for the county to purchase the system in the eighth year. NexGen Energy has retained the renewable energy credits associated with the project.

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7 thoughts on “Largest Solar Rooftop Project in U.S. Planned For Salt Palace

  1. Great to see Salt Lake County thinking big. This is one of the County’s top 2 energy using facilities and hopefully if implemented this project would not only save lots of energy and reduce GHG’s emissions but attract more business to the facility and community.

  2. Gosh 2.6MW eh! in sunny Utah. The Euros are building one of these each month (Italy, Germany & Belgium). Even the limeys are finally starting to do something. One of the UK DNOs I met with yesterday has a pipeline of 700MW.

  3. Convention centers are an ideal place to install solar panels. They are typically a city run operation initially paid for by bonds voted on by tax payers and then financed by a hotel room tax. Reducing the operating costs of a center is not only great for the environment, it also helps decrease the financial burden on the city and its residents.

  4. Congratulations to SLC. Arizona State University is covering nearly all the parking structures and buildings on its Tempe campus with solar PV and should be at approximately 10MW by the end of this year. Every flat surface in sunny Western cities should be taken advantage of in this way, especially if PPAs can be used to pay for the installation.

  5. We witness the conversion of the USA to solar electricity and the tacit understanding that the Cheap Oil Age is truly ending! We welcome the great ballast powers of the battery car revolution and see an America with nuclear/electric sourced electric bullet train networks just around the corner. Electric trains, at 400% higher efficiency over rubber wheeled gasoline guzzlers will offer considerably faster and cheaper transportation to American Patriots
    The paradigm shifts in the transition from a foreign oil based economy to a domestic electric based economy will be stressing and the legalization of pot may temper society for that period, but in the en all will be well with America and we will grow into an astonishing world power in spite of the Asian infringements on us.

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