Thanks to generous support from Seattle City Light's green power program, the project installed at the Woodland Park Zoo Carousel was made possible through voluntary contributions from customers in support of renewable energy education.
The solar panels are expected to produce 9,000 kilowatt-hours annually, enough to offset the electricity required to power the carousel, which completes an average 100,000 rides per year. The 9,000 kilowatt-hours number has double significance—according to Seattle City Light, it’s also the annual amount of electricity needed to power the average Seattle home, making this project a great renewable energy model for local homeowners.
The Woodland Park Zoo is constantly trying to improve their environmental performance to reduce their impact on the resources we all must share—humans and animals alike. From the LEED gold certified Zoomazium, to the penguin exhibit that saves 3 million gallons of water a year, to the most inventive compost program in town—Zoo Doo—they’re always looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and make their operations more sustainable. The solar carousel project is just one of their latest efforts in sustainability. See more at the Woodland Park Zoo Blog.
Energy monitoring provided by the Solar 4R Schools program made the live performance data from their PV system available for educational purposes.