Thursday, January 27, 2011

Woodland Park Zoo's Solar Powered Carousel

In partnership with Seattle City Light, Woodland Park Zoo in the USA is installing a solar power system on its carousel to offset the electricity use of the popular attraction.

While Seattle isn't renowned for sunny days, Seattle City Light says the solar panels will still generate around 9,000 kilowatt-hours annually, the equivalent power the carousel would use during its 100,000 rides a year and enough to provide for the electricity needs of the average Seattle home. The solar array will also utilise Aurora solar inverters to convert the DC charge from the solar modules into AC.

The zoo says the PV array will serve as a very public demonstration that solar energy is a viable option in the Seattle community.

Source: Renewable Energy News

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