Going Green Solar Screens

The Milwaukee County Zoo’s efforts to go green are looking up. While driving into the Zoo, you’ll see seven screens “hovering” above the ticket booths (see photo). They look like they’re almost straight out of a science-fiction film. The screens are solar panels facing the sun to draw energy as a part of the Zoo’s progressive “green” initiatives. Together, the screens produce 10 kilowatts of power and supply the operating booths enough energy during the busiest traffic times. You can even monitor the solar panels energy production through this web site.

Eight solar panels were installed at the Milwaukee County Zoo entrance gates to power each gate booth.
Eight solar panels were installed at the Milwaukee County Zoo
entrance gates to power each gate booth.

Another strange sight is a super solar flower panel next to Lakeview Place restaurant near Lake Evinrude (see photo). Shaped like a bright red, yellow and black eight-pointed daisy, it adds a bit of art to the surrounding landscape while generating 1,400 kilowatt hours of power a year. The flower is a donation from We Energies. The solar power project allows the Zoo to save money through the power company’s buyback program during non-peak traffic hours. Look for other “green” attractions coming soon to the Zoo, including rain gardens.

This decorative solar panel is next to Lakeview Place restaurant at the Zoo.
This decorative solar panel is next to Lakeview Place
restaurant at the Zoo.

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