Zoo Goes Solar in Big Green Test

Zoo Goes Solar in Big Green Test

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Solar panels rise at Ohio zooVisitors to the Cincinnati Zoo are marveling at the sight: Nearly four acres of solar panels over a vast span of concrete parking lot.

Billed as one of the largest public urban solar displays in the country, the $11 million solar canopy will do more than help control the zoo’s $700,000 annual electric bill when it’s turned on next month.

Developers see the project as a model for clean energy use in big public spaces. Already, a dozen zoos from as far away as California and Oregon have called to learn more about the array of 6,400 solar panels.

(READ story w/ photos at Cincinnati.comWatch the video below from the zoo)