In an effort to save money and increase awareness of solar innovation and benefits, the Cincinnati Zoo recently installed a considerable number of photovoltaic panels over its parking lot.

Nearly four acres of solar parking canopies have been installed at the zoo’s parking lot, according to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer. The project comprises about 6,400 solar panels on more than 100 arrays, covering 800 parking spots. In all, it will produce around 1.56 megawatts of power, approximately 20 percent of the zoo’s annual needs.

Further, the $11 million project, which will be turned on in April, is expected to be used as an informative tool for the zoo’s visitors, the report said.
“The education aspect is worth a lot,” says Raju Yenamandra, vice president at SolarWorld, the that produced the zoo’s solar panels, told the newspaper. “When you think of the number of people who visit the zoo, particularly younger kids, the educational aspect will be fantastic.”

Many companies now use solar power as a way to defray energy costs, which have increased appreciably in recent years.

source: solar.coolerplanet