Pueblo Zoo - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  December 17, 2019

Pueblo Zoo to power operations with community solar

The Pueblo Zoo will soon power its operations with clean energy thanks to its new partnership with a community solar garden.

The community solar facility was developed by Pivot Energy and will provide the zoo with 200 kW of solar capacity. The project is expected to save the zoo more than $350,000 over the duration of the agreement.

"This initiative is important to us in so many ways,” Abigail Krause, executive director of the zoo, said in a statement. “We are dedicated to acting as an example to our community in seeking out and implementing sustainable actions. We want to inspire our guests and our students to find ways to make sustainable choices in their own lives. Transferring to solar enables us to be true to our mission to empower people to engage in conservation of animals and their natural habitat. Additionally, as a non-profit entity, it is important for us to stretch every dollar. This solar project will allow us to direct those valuable savings directly to the care of the animals."

The community solar garden will also be open for Pueblo residents, businesses and non-profits to participate in and features a total capacity of 500 kW. The project will be constructed by Pivot Energy and managed in partnership with Black Hills Energy.

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