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Ravell Call, Deseret News
At front, Karamea and Jeff Edwards examine solar panels following a ribbon cutting on the roof of the Natural History Museum of Utah's Rio Tinto Center in Salt Lake City, Monday, April 16, 2012. Solar power arrays on the rooftop of the Natural History Museum and the HPER East Building at the University of Utah were unveiled to the public during a press conference.

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah unveiled one of the largest new solar power electricity generation systems in Utah on Monday.

The new solar power systems are located on the rooftops of the Natural History Museum of Utah’s Rio Tinto Center and the HPER East building.

The Natural History Museum of Utah’s system is a 330-kilowatt system, while the HPER East system is a 263-kilowatt system. The combined arrays consist of 2,470 Sharp photovoltaic panels covering 40,000 square feet of rooftop space and together they will annually produce 802,240 kilowatt hours.

The U. has been holding events throughout the month of April as part of Earth Month, a series of events to celebrate Earth Day, which is April 20.