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The original Salt Palace in Salt Lake City was built in 1899 and housed a dance
hall, theater and bicycle race track, but a fire in 1910 destroyed it. In 1969,
an indoor arena called the Salt Palace was completed and served as home to several
professional sports teams and host to concerts and other events. In 1994, the arena
was demolished and replaced with the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center.
Two expansions in 2000 and 2005 increased the arena's size to its current 679,000
In 2012, a 1.65-megawatt fixed-tilt crystalline rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system
was added. Developed by CarbonFree Technology Corp., Toronto, and installed by Bella
Energy Inc., Louisville, Colo., the PV array is expected to generate about 2.3 million
kilowatt-hours of clean electricity during its first yearoffsetting about 17 percent
of the convention center's annual electricity consumption.
About 6,000 275-watt PV modules manufactured by Suntech America Inc., San Francisco,
cover 3.85 acres of the convention center's roof space. If placed end to end, the
modules would stretch 7.3 miles. The structure currently is Utah's largest rooftop
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