Australia, Projects, Renewables, Solar

Sydney Zoo goes solar

The Sydney Zoo has taken a major step towards renewable energy by partnering with EnergyAustralia to have 602 solar panels installed across eight buildings at the 41-acre facility.

This system is estimated to prevent over 200 tonnes of carbon emissions associated with the zoo’s electricity consumption in the first year alone, while meeting the complex energy needs of its 4000 resident animals.

“Caring for exotic and native animals requires a lot of energy. These solar panels are a step in the right direction towards more responsible energy management here at the zoo,” Sydney Zoo Chief Commercial Officer Chris Rivett said.

The panels, which can generate up to half of the zoo’s peak electricity needs on a sunny summer day, will help power essential operations like a pool for resident elephants, auto-feeders, and a one-million-litre shark tank aquarium.

“Solar energy drives these systems, creating a healthy and stable environment for our inhabitants while stimulating natural behaviours,” Rivett said.

The zoo’s two-year partnership with EnergyAustralia aims to demonstrate how businesses can directly contribute to the transition to renewables.

“We’ve seen homes and businesses become their own renewable power stations by adopting solar and battery solutions,” EnergyAustralia Chief Customer Officer Mark Brownfield said.

“Businesses can change how they power operations, driving the energy transition further.”

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