Utah Olympic Oval to get solar energy makeover; KSL.com
The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation has announced that the Utah Olympic Oval, the site of speed skating events during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, will be getting a $1.4 million solar makeover. Solar canopies will be installed over the Oval’s parking spaces and it’s anticipated that the more than 1 million kilowatt-hours that will be produced annually will allow the Oval to continue providing recreation for the community and a venue for national and international speed skating competitions.
- Using a grant from the Rocky Mountain Power Company and money from Salt Lake County, the Foundation will be able to fund most of the solar canopy project.
- The solar energy system is scheduled to be completed in December, 2014 and once operational it is projected to pay for itself within five years and save $3.7 million over 20 years.
- The Utah Olympic Oval has an annual electricity bill of $750,000 and the 3,000 solar modules being added to the parking canopies will help with the facility’s ice refrigeration while saving $100,000 on the annual power costs.
Using a grant from the Rocky Mountain Power Company and money from Salt Lake County, the Foundation is able to fund most of the p