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Utah Olympic Oval goes solar

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Oct 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-30 17:51:45-04

KEARNS, Utah — There was a lighting ceremony Thursday for the new solar array that will power the huge skating rink at the Utah Olympic Oval.

It has cost three-quarters of a million dollars a year to refrigerate the 5.5 acres of skating surface, but the new 791 kilowatt solar array should save $3.7 million over the life of the project.
Olympic gold medalist and speedskating coach Derek Parra said he likes what he sees.

“This will play a major role in again helping us elongate the life of this building, of the legacy and its programs, and all of our programs for kids that are around the community,” Parra said.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams calls the project a win-win because it helps the environment by using clean, renewable energy and saves taxpayer dollars as well.