Updated Thu, Oct 6, 2011 12:13 pm
Third Sun Solar of Athens has been selected by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to develop a solar energy system to meet the zoo's energy needs.
The Solar Company beat out both regional and national companies for the project that is slated to be one of the largest solar zoo installations in the United States.
Third Sun Solar Communications Director Gerald Kelly says solar energy and the zoo are a perfect fit.
"The Columbus Zoo has been interested for some time now in renewable energy and because of the nature of what the zoo is, they would naturally like to participate in clean energy, both to reduce their own carbon footprint and also serve as an educational resource for the public. So, they have had a small solar house on their grounds for some time now where visitors to the zoo could come in and look at a solar powered home and so, as I said, they have an interest in clean energy in both demonstrating its use and how solar in particular can be applied," says Kelly.
Kelly says Third Sun is very excited that the Columbus Zoo is moving forward in the direction of clean energy.
"Well, we're just very proud of the Columbus Zoo for taking this step because they want to not only generate their own clean power, but they want to help demonstrate that solar is a very viable way of moving towards a clean energy society. We're very proud of them that they have taken this step and naturally we're delighted they have chosen Third Sun Solar to actually put this system in place for them," says Kelly.
The project is still in the planning stages, but construction is expected to begin in early 2012.