Vivint Smart Home Arena Gets Bright Upgrade with Solar Array

Salt Lake City—The home of the Utah Jazz just got a little greener with a massive solar array on the roof of the Vivint Smart Home Arena that is projected to produce about twice as much power as the facility uses.

“The Jazz are leading the charge in alternative power,” said Gov. Gary Herbert of the solar array.

Unveiled at a press conference Wednesday, the 2,700 panel array, covering about 80,000 square feet of the rooftop, is projected to produce 700 kilowatts—which would be enough to power 89 home Jazz games a year, although the team actually only plays 44, not counting playoffs. The offset of the array through its lifetime is roughly the equivalent of energy from 1 million pounds of coal.

The array is the first step in a massive, $125 million renovation project slated for next year during the Jazz’s 2017 off-season, and for building management, it was a no-brainer, said Jim Olson, president of Vivint Smart Home Arena.

“One of the first things we mentioned in the renovation [planning] was sustainability, and as we looked at the roof, we knew solar was the first thing to do,” he said. “The arena will continue to provide the best entertainment in the state in a responsible and technology-driven way.”

Stan Penfold, vice chair of the Salt Lake City Council, said the city was proud to partner with the arena, the Larry H. Miller Corporation and the Miller family in the eco-friendly venture and the overall renovation of the stadium.

“I’m excited because I think we’re going to see a revitalization of the surrounding area, and it will be because of the investment the Jazz and the Millers have made in this arena,” he said. “This installation is an opportunity to provide an example in the community of how we can all do our bit to use solar and other alternative energies.”

The array was installed by Hunt Electric in two months from signing the agreement—including designing the project, ordering the panels and installing them. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams nodded to the cooperation between Hunt Electric, Vivint Solar and the Jazz as three Utah pillars working together to help build the community. McAdams also drew comparisons between the new array and the one installed on the Jazz’s former home, the Salt Palace Convention Center, in 2012, as two projects that help to move Salt Lake City into the future of energy production.

“I think [the Salt Palace project] set an example of what happens when companies work together,” he said. “This [Vivint Smart Home Arena array] is an incredible asset. … It harnesses one of our most abundant resources, sunlight, for one of the top brands in the state—the Jazz. You’re truly leading by example in so many ways.”