Wild Energy Harnessed at Perth Zoo

  • Solar provides clean renewable energy and savings for Zoo.
  • 237kW solar system to produce 370,000kWh of energy per year.
  • All of the solar energy to be used on-site by Perth Zoo.

An elephant barn, reptile exhibit and 102m long solar pergola are all part of Perth’s newest and biggest solar installation which will help power Perth Zoo into the future.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the 237kW solar system would provide about one-third of Perth Zoo’s current energy needs and save the zoo more than $100,000 a year in energy costs.

Unveiling the new solar pergola today, Mr Marmion said the purpose-built steel structure was the centrepiece of the second and final stage of the $2.7million Perth Zoo solar project, jointly funded by the State and Federal governments.

“The solar pergola busport runs along the northern perimeter road of the zoo and supports 452 solar panels with a power rating of 146.5kW,” the Minister said.

“The pergola system, combined with the first stage installation commissioned in March last year, provides Perth Zoo with a total of 755 solar panels with a power rating of 237.4kW.

“In the first stage, 303 solar panels were installed across eight zoo buildings, including the elephant barn and reptile exhibit.”

Mr Marmion said Perth Zoo was chosen as one of five landmark sites to showcase major solar installations as an environmentally-sustainable source of energy that reduced carbon emissions, as part of the Perth Solar City program.

“With more than 610,000 visitors each year, Perth Zoo is in an excellent position to showcase sustainable ways of living and demonstrate the benefits of solar energy,” he said.

Fact File

  • With about 300 sunny days a year, a typical 1.5kW household system in Perth saves about three tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, nearly the same amount produced by driving a car 40,000km.
  • Perth Solar City program part of Federal Government’s $94m Solar City initiative.
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