Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, announced the installation of more than 2,700 rooftop solar panels at Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is the home of the Utah Jazz and the premier sports and entertainment venue of the Intermountain West, located in downtown Salt Lake City. This full array of solar panels marks one of the largest rooftop solar energy systems among indoor sports venues in the United States.
Covering more than 80,000 square feet on the arena rooftop and generating nearly 700 kilowatts of energy, the panels were provided by Vivint Solar and installed by Hunt Electric.
This solar installation is one of the initial upgrades made as part on an ongoing $125 million renovation by the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies of Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is now among the first professional sporting venues capable of generating its own energy.
"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," said Jim Olson, president of the Vivint Smart Home Arena. "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."
The new system is the equivalent to completely offsetting the electricity for 100 homes per year or powering approximately 89 home games for the Utah Jazz. It is expected to produce enough energy to equal one million pounds of coal or the benefit of planting of 5,000 trees. Vivint Solar and the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies have worked together to bring nearly three quarters of a megawatt solar energy system to a city that is ranked sixth in the nation by the American Lung Association for poor air quality.