DALLAS — Designing a solar rooftop for Salt Lake City’s convention center has proven much less challenging than arranging the financing, planners for the $7 million project say.

More than three years after the project was proposed, installation of the first elements of the solar rooftop began last week. By next spring, the solar array is expected to provide up to 17% of the Salt Palace’s power while serving as a green calling card for energy-conscious conventioneers.

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