Whether it’s conserving habitat for animals or helping to conserve energy, the Zoo is a great place for people to learn about the importance of conservation. As a result of some available Federal grant funding through the Solar America Cities program, the City of Sacramento helped fund a new informational display and photo opportunity area at the Zoo. Visitors can now learn about how the Zoo is harnessing the sun to generate enough solar energy to power the average home for a day. And, families can take a photo with a life-sized giraffe and other animals.
The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) played a big role in the solar kiosk project – as it did back in 1998 when the Zoo became one of the first establishments in our region to install solar voltaic panels. While the new solar kiosk was on the drawing board, SMUD made it possible for the Zoo to add an additional panel, consisting of six modules, to the Gift Shop arbor. SMUD is also the sponsor of the kiosk. Visit SMUD.org for more information on solar energy.
Thank you to everyone who made this project possible!