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Saint Louis Zoo Goes Green With Solar Panels

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Eric Swillinger, Vice President Business of StraightUp Solar; Dr. Dane Glueck, president of StraightUp Solar; Wanda Evans, Sustainability Coordinator for Saint Louis Zoo; Dr. Jeffrey P. Bonner, Dana Brown President and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo; David McGuire, Vice President Architecture and Planning for Saint Louis Zoo (Photo/video credit: Ray Meibaum/Saint Louis Zoo)

Eric Swillinger, Vice President Business of StraightUp Solar; Dr. Dane Glueck, president of StraightUp Solar; Wanda Evans, Sustainability Coordinator for Saint Louis Zoo; Dr. Jeffrey P. Bonner, Dana Brown President and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo; David McGuire, Vice President Architecture and Planning for Saint Louis Zoo (Photo/video credit: Ray Meibaum/Saint Louis Zoo)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The Saint Louis Zoo now has a new, 31-kilowatt solar power installation on the roof of its Safari Gift Shop at the South Entrance, making solar the primary power supply for the gift shop.

The Saint Louis Zoo’s sustainability coordinator Wanda Evans showed off the kiosk at the entrance to the Zoo Wednesday that shows real-time output of the new solar panels.

The system’s 96, 3 x 5-foot photovoltaic modules (panels) produce enough electricity to keep three to five homes powered up year round.

“The expected savings for twenty five years I believe is about $111,000,” she said. That works out to about $4,500 a year.

StraightUp Solar, a St. Louis-based solar energy integration company, donated the $125,000 system to the Zoo.

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