Australia Zoo installs solar plant

Crocoseum

The iconic Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast is going solar.

A 648kW solar power plant is currently being installed on the Crocoseum at the zoo.

“With complex energy needs including power to heating pumps, pools, kitchens, retail stores and more, spread out over hundreds of acres, this is expected to reduce our emissions by 16,500 tonnes,” a statement from Australia Zoo said.

Director Wes Mannion said the investment would allow the zoo to put even more resources into conservation long-term.

“Our ultimate goal here at Australia Zoo is to have a world class facility and reinvest our proceeds into saving wildlife and wild places around the world,” he said.

“By installing solar, it helps us two-fold – we’re contributing to the reduction of emissions in our own environment, and we’re also saving a substantial amount on electricity.”