Vivint Solar and NBA franchise Utah Jazz announced that they have teamed up to install more than 2,700 rooftop solar panels on the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 80,000 square foot, $125 million rooftop array will generate 700 kilowatts of power. That is equivalent to offsetting the of burning one million pounds of coal or providing enough electricity to power 100 homes annually.
"The top-to-bottom renovation of the arena has begun on the roof with the installation of solar panels, which reflects our desire to implement sustainable practices. The overall building transformation will incorporate environmental and energy improvements, enhance the experience for our guests, and return the arena to a first-class venue,” said Jim Olson, president of the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
According to the American Lung Association’s latest “State of the Air” report pollution from coal-fired power plants, high use of diesel fuel and increased temperatures have all been factors that have contributed high levels of carbon emissions in the Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. When the rooftop solar installation on Vivint Smart Home Arena is complete and as the renewable energy expands in Utah further, it can potential to significantly impact Salt Lake City’s poor air quality, which is ranked sixth worst in the nation by the American Lung Association.
Professional sports arenas and stadiums are some of the most visited locations in the United States. Sporting events give millions of fans a year an opportunity to experience and observe practical applications and benefits of solar power and other renewable energy sources in action. For instance, the NBA’s Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center became the first major sports venue of its size to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
"It was a privilege to couple our long-standing relationships with the Larry H. Miller Group and Vivint Solar to design and build a unique solar-powered solution for Vivint Smart Home Arena. We are proud to support this endeavor and emphasize our commitment to sustainability through transforming energy consumption for our customers. The scale and environmental impact of the installation is remarkable as it reduces the toxic load on our air quality by the equivalent of 31.7 million miles of vehicular traffic,” said Richard Hunt, Hunt Electric CEO.
The Utah Jazz is not the only solar game in Salt Lake City. Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Major League Soccer teams Real Salt Lake and USL Real Monarchs, installed a 2-megawatt solar power system that provides 73 percent of the stadium's power needs.Tweet