The University of Utah Research Park has taken another large step in its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 with the activation of solar arrays at three building locations within the park. The installations — at the 729 Arapeen Drive, 383 Colorow Way and 295 Chipeta Way — feature multiple mounting configurations, including rooftop, parking canopy and ground.
The new solar arrays are a combined 1.9 megawatts in size and will offset the three buildings’ energy consumption by a combined 27 percent.
“We are excited about the opportunity to significantly expand our alternative energy sources in Research Park,” said Jonathon Bates, real estate administration executive director for the facility. “These projects not only align with the U’s commitment to be carbon-neutral by 2050, but also begin the process of reinforcing sustainable building practices in Research Park on the cusp of its 50th birthday. As we look to the next 50 years of economic growth, innovation and private-public partnerships to reinforce the foundation of Research Park, it is exciting to capitalize on an opportunity to strengthen our alignment to sustainable development practices.”