CarbonFree Technology, a solar project developer, has inaugurated a 1.65 MW PV project at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The system is forecast to generate approximately 2.35 GWh of electricity in its first year, offsetting 17% of the facility's annual electricity consumption. It covers 3.85 acres of roof space and uses 6,006 275 W Buy American Act-compliant solar modules made in Arizona by Suntech America Inc.
The system was developed by CarbonFree, which also arranged and structured the financing of the project. The Salt Palace benefits from the use of New Markets Tax Credits, Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, federal Section 1603 cash grants and other federal grants. Financial partners included JP Morgan Chase and the National Development Council, with Zions Bank Public Finance acting as a financial consultant.
The system was installed by Bella Energy Inc. over a four-month period and required approximately 14,000 person-hours of locally sourced labor.