South Salt Lake community center gets new solar panels

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jul 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-06 23:49:24-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – The City of South Salt Lake is investing in energy efficiency by putting more solar panels on their historic Columbus Community Center.

The city installed 39 new solar panels at the center, which brings the total number of panels at the center to 197.

Aaron Wiet of South Salt Lake Parks and Recreation said the goal is efficiency.

“We’re just trying to be more energy-efficient, and we’re trying to obviously save some money here and reduce the amount of power we’re pulling from the grid,” he said.

The new panels were purchased and installed with funding from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Renewable Energy program.

Jeff Hymas, Rocky Mountain Power spokesman, said they contribute to a wide variety of energy projects in Utah.

“As part of our Blue Sky Program, our customers can pay a little bit more on their bill to support renewable energy in the west and part of that is we've provided funding through Blue Sky for 82 community-based renewable energy projects in the state,” he said.

The panels installed are part of a multi-year project to help the historic center become more energy-efficient.

“This is actually the second time that Rocky Mountain Power`s Blue Sky customers have provided support for solar panels here at the Columbus Center,” Hymas said. “With the latest 39 panels it brings their total to almost 200, so this is really exciting for the City of South Salt Lake. “

Click here to learn more about the Blue Sky Renewable Energy program.