Olympic Oval Going Solar In Utah

by Ed Tsunoda

The Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah is being kept open for athletes in part due to an ambitious solar project involving solar parking canopies that will power the facility and keep it’s costs manageable for the foreseeable future.

More than 3,000 solar modules mounted on parking canopies are expected to generate more than 1 million kilowatt-hours annually to help operate the oval’s 1,000 tons of refrigeration.

The 300,000-square-foot facility offers access to the iced oval track nine months of the year, while interior ice sheets are available for 11 months. The oval is open year-round for other activities.

Josh Haines, director of the state Division of Construction and Facilities Management that is overseeing the project, emphasized the environmental benefits of utilizing solar energy.

“We take the sun here for granted,” Haines said, warning that as the state’s population grows, the Wasatch Front’s air quality will continue to deteriorate without more such projects. “We may not be seeing the sun as much.”

source: deseretnews.com

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