Perth Zoo

The elephants at Perth Zoo are the latest supporters of a solar powered future, with the largest solar site in Perth unveiled at Perth Zoo.

More than 300 solar panels have been installed across eight Zoo buildings including the elephant barn, Reptile Encounter building, conference centre, reception building, retail shop, operations building and maintenance workshops.

This 90kW installation is stage one of a two stage, $2.7 million project and will produce over 120,000 kWh of energy per year for use by the Zoo.

"The Zoo's 90kW solar PV installation is an environmentally sustainable source of energy that will reduce carbon emissions.  Perth Zoo dedicates itself to sustainability and conservation and the solar installation will assist in demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of wiser energy choices." Susan Hunt, CEO Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo will be well positioned to showcase sustainable ways of living, with on-site educational material for its 630,000 annual visitors.

Stage two of this project will include a custom-build shade structure at the Zoo entrance, hosting a 140kW solar PV system.  This unique structure will be the first of its kind in Australia, and is due for completion in mid-2012. 

Perth Zoo

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