Carlos Bandaris

As a self-sustaining, all-solar development, Soleil Lofts in Herriman, Utah, serves as a grid resource and virtual power plant (VPP) for Rocky Mountain Power. The 600-unit community—developed and designed by local businesses Wasatch Group and Architecture Belgique—has a VPP capable of storing 12.6 MWh of energy from a 5.2-MW solar array.

Each of the 22 buildings and all of the property’s carports house a solar array on the roofs. Plus, each unit contains its own battery capable of supplying all the power each unit needs and feeding excess back into the main power grid.

In addition to its energy-efficient features, the development team thought it was equally important to provide an amenity package that would not only satisfy the large 600-unit population, but also prove the amenity types weren’t limited by the community’s all-solar approach and show no additional energy sources were needed to pull off amenities at this scale.

Utah is known to be a true four-seasons state, and the amenities were designed to be enjoyed year-round. In the 30,000-square-foot clubhouse designed to mimic a community recreation center rather than a typical multifamily clubhouse, residents will find two pools, one indoor and one outdoor, a full-size indoor basketball court, a yoga room, a fitness room, two golf simulators, a theater, a game room, and an indoor/outdoor clubroom as well as a large outdoor recreation area with a waterfall.

Sprinkled throughout the community, residents also have access to open green and recreational areas, such as dog parks, volleyball and futsal courts, a tennis court, and a landscaped courtyard.

“Because Soleil Lofts is a 600-unit community, it was important to provide a wide array of amenities to meet the needs of residents and provide enough space for large groups to use the spaces concurrently,” states the architect in the application. “Providing full-scale recreation and resort-style amenities was key in creating another differentiator for Soleil Lofts.”