Floating Solar Panel Installation Planned for Utah Park

A park in Utah has awarded Ameresco, a leading renewable energy company operating in the US, a contract to design and install a floating solar photovoltaic development. The project was awarded by Mountain Regional Water Special Service District, a district of the state of Utah that serves drinking water to the Snyderville Basin area of Park City, Utah.

This award comes alongside the district’s receiving a grantx of $400,000 from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program for the district’s Signal Hill Water Treatment Plant. The development will be owned by the district and will be placed on the treatment plant’s holding pond. It’s main function will be to provide electricity to the water treatment plant.

The main design of the project will involve the deployment of a 589.7-kWDC capacity floating solar array. The system will be installed and integrated directly with Rocky Mountain Power, allowing it to serve electricity directly to the treatment plant.

Once installed, the floating solar array system is aimed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 384 metric tons annually, which is equivalent to saving 43,211 gallons of gasoline per year or preventing the burning of 430,160 pounds of coal.

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Chris Braun, Mountain Regional Chief Technology Officer, commented on the development and stated, “traditional ground or rooftop solar wasn’t an option for us at this facility, but this innovative floating solar installation makes use of an untapped resource.  This is one more piece of the puzzle for us to get to a ‘Net-Zero’ energy goal as we strive to be responsible stewards for the community and the environment.”

The project was awarded as one of 12 community-based renewable energy projects in 2023. The Blue Sky programme allows consumers the ability to have all or part of their energy use sourced from renewable energy – reducing their carbon footprints whilst also increasing the demand for more renewable energy sources across the country.

So far, customer from the Blue Sky programme have helped fund over 200 new, community-based renewable energy projects in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. The scheme currently has 56,000 members, but is expecting to vastly increase this number as more and more projects are developed, including solar, wind, geothermal, and other forms of renewable energy.