SALT LAKE CITY — Research Park at the University of Utah has activated several new solar arrays across three locations.
The installations at facilities at 729 Arapeen Drive, 383 Colorow Drive and 295 Chipeta Way include rooftop, parking canopy and ground configurations.
The arrays are a combined 1.9-megawatts in size and will offset the energy consumption of the three buildings by a combined 27 percent and contribute to the U.’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
“We are excited about the opportunity to significantly expand our alternative energy sources in Research Park,” Jonathon Bates, Real Estate Administration executive director, said in a statement. “These projects not only align with the U.’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050, but also begin the process of reinforcing sustainable building practices in Research Park on the cusp of its 50th birthday.”
According to the U., the new arrays are projected to save about 1.6 tons of carbon dioxide a year and will nearly triple the total amount of solar energy produced on campus.
The solar arrays at 383 Colorow Drive and 729 Arapeen Drive were made possible through a partnership with Celtic Bank, which provided tax equity, permanent debt and construction funding for the project. This allowed the U. to complete the project with zero out-of-pocket costs. Celtic Bank will own and maintain the arrays for the duration of the project and will charge the U. a discounted rate for the kilowatts produced. After 20 years, the ownership transfers to the U.