Salt Lake City museum gets solar boost

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 @ 12:09 PM
posted by rene5432

The Leonardo Museum in Downtown Salt Lake City now has a 30-kilowatt solar power system, a symbolic renewable energy project that signals another step forward for the city's clean energy efforts, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The city hopes to be developing at least 10 megawatts of renewable energy by 2015, and the museum's solar panels help bring Salt Lake even closer to that milestone. With each megawatt of energy powering the appliances of approximately 750 homes, this renewable energy undertaking could possibly provide energy to more than 7,500 Utah residences.

"We are about half way toward reaching that goal," Vicki Bennett, director of the city's Department of Sustainability and Environment, told the news source.

The rooftop solar panels planned for the top of the city's new Public Safety Building in 2013 is another major project. The edifice will be the first "net zero" public safety facility in the country, meaning it will generate as much energy as it uses.

According to the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Governor Jon Huntsman has established a 20-member Renewable Energy Zone Task Force to promote the use and development of renewable energy sources. By 2025, the state hopes to gather 20 percent of its electricity from green resources.

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