Vivint Smart Home Arena, originally built in 1991 and home to the Utah Jazz, now boasts one of the nation’s largest rooftop solar arrays at an indoor arena. The system’s over 2,700 panels cover nearly 80,000 square feet. By making the most of their rooftop real estate, the arena’s solar array will create energy equivalent to 31.7 million miles of vehicular traffic while helping reduce the impact on air quality along the Wasatch Front. It is expected to produce enough energy to equal one million pounds of coal, or the benefit of planting 5,000 trees. The solar installation is one of the initial upgrades made as part of a $125 million renovation of the arena, which is now one of the first professional sports venues that can generate its own energy.
Hunt Electric, a full-service electrical contractor in Salt Lake City, led the design, engineering, and installation of the solar array for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, completing the project last fall as part of an overall renovation of the arena. The entire project, including engineering, was completed in only six weeks. Hunt’s extensive experience in solar design and engineering led to a highly customized design, with some of the lightest roof-loading in the industry.
“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.”
“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,” said Richard Hunt, Hunt Electric CEO. “We are proud to support this endeavor and emphasize our commitment to sustainability through transforming energy consumption for our customers.”
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