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Salt Lake County is a leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable energy initiatives.

Here are some of our county's efforts to promote sustainable energy practices, including the installation of modern technology such as solar power, geothermal heating, and LED lighting in our county buildings, and our goal of providing net-100% renewable electricity for the community by 2030 through the Community Renewable Energy Program.

We invite you to learn more about the ways we are taking action toward a healthier, greener, and more sustainable future.

What is Salt Lake County Doing?

Salt Lake County saves money and energy by using technology such as solar power, geothermal heating, and LED lighting.  There are nine county buildings currently using these energy-saving technologies.

The state's largest solar array is installed on the roof of the Salt Palace Convention Center. This array generates 1.65 megawatts of electricity offsetting approximately 17% of the facility’s energy needs.

Solar energy heats the pool at the Sorensen Recreation Center. This is the first facility to use a solar water heating system substantially reducing the amount of electricity and natural gas required for heating pools.

Geothermal energy heating and cooling is used at the Millcreek Community Center and Magna Senior Center. These are the first two county facilities to use this technology.

LED lighting as well as system upgrades to induction lighting allows the county to save 1.2 million kilowatts of energy each year.

Sustainable Building Practices

Salt Lake County also owns and operates 182 buildings across the Salt Lake Valley, providing services to more than a million county residents. By building and remodeling smart and sustainably, the county reduces pollution and waste, conserves energy, and saves money.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the standard that we use to ensure our buildings are environmentally friendly. LEED buildings must earn certification by meeting a number of criteria.

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SLCo LEED Certified Buildings:

Salt Lake County has fifteen LEED-certified buildings, including: 

  • Public Works Administration Building
  • Riverton Senior Center
  • Northwest Recreation Center
  • Sorenson Recreation Center
  • Magna Senior Center*
  • Draper Library
  • Draper Senior Center
  • West Jordan Library Complex
  • Herriman Library
  • Magna Library
  • Millcreek Community Center
  • Capital Theater/Ballet West
  • Salt Palace Convention Center
  • Fleet Services*
  • Midvale Senior Center

*Awaiting Final Certification

What Can You Do?

Salt Lake County encourages all residents to practice energy-conserving practices in their own homes as well as installing energy-efficient appliances.

If you are interested in learning more about transitioning to renewable energy in your own home check out the resources below to learn about local initiatives and governmental subsidies you might qualify for.