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Global Change
Location
Woodland Park Zoo - Discovery Barn
601 North 59th Street, Seattle

Startup
July 2003

Electricity Generation
· 1.2 kilowatts DC peak capacity

Solar Equipment
· (8) BP 150 watt multi-crystalline modules
· Xantrex SunTie XR-1500 240VAC inverter
· Cost: $6,923

Project Team
· Seattle City Light
· Woodland Park Zoo
· Seattle Parks and Recreation Department
· WSU Northwest Solar Center
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Contact an Energy Advisor
(206) 684-3800

SCLEnergyAdvisor@seattle.gov

Solar Project - Woodland Park Zoo Discovery Barn


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Project Summary
Woodland Park Zoo's "Family Farm" is no longer just a place for kids to pet goats, sheep and miniature horses. The zoo now teaches families about the wonders of solar energy, a project spearheaded by Seattle Green Power.

Contributions to Green Power enabled City Light to fund the installation of a 1.2 kW solar system that helps power the Family Farm's Discovery Barn. It houses work space for Zoo Corps, a program that helps prepare teens for careers in zoology and other environmental sciences; kids classes like "The Spin on Spiders;" a crafts and play area for toddlers; an interactive video kiosk; and more.

  The Discovery Barn is located in the Family Farm exhibit.
The Discovery Barn is located in the Family Farm exhibit.

Interpretive signage and solar meter.
Interpretive signage and solar meter.

  "Conservation and sustainability are the main focus of the Family Farm," says Frank Hein, the zoo's Education Technology Manager. "Using solar power shows the public we're walking the talk."

The exhibit also touts natural gardening, using composting and worms instead of chemicals to promote a healthy environment. And even the flooring in the Discovery Barn is made from recycled tires.

For more information about Woodland Park Zoo, call 206.684.4800 or visit their web site: http://www.zoo.org

Live Solar Power Data

Seattle City Light has partnered with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation on this report of current and historical solar energy production data.

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