Jasen Lee, KSL
SANDY — The newest team color for Utah’s Major League Soccer franchise is green.
The owner of Real Salt Lake Thursday unveiled the state’s largest privately-owned solar array at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The 2,020-kilowatt solar panel system, installed on the existing stadium structure as well as new covered parking areas, is expected to offset 73 percent of the organization’s total annual stadium power needs — the largest offset among North American professional sports and entertainment venues.
“We are looking for all the ways that we can to be truly ‘green’ for the right reasons,” said RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen.
He estimates that the new system will save the franchise $300,000 to $350,000 annually and potentially as much as $4 million over the next 10 years. Those savings will go directly back into the operating budget for the team to pay employee and player salaries, he added.
Installed by Midvale-based Auric Solar, construction on the project began in April and took six months to complete. (…)
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