German thin-film PV manufacturer, Calyxo, is supplying modules for a project at Toledo Zoo, Ohio.
Construction contractors in Ohio, Rudpolph/Libbe, have just started building the 2MW ground-mount solar array on a 22-acre brown field site in south Toledo, specifically to provide power for Toledo Zoo.
The array will provide 30% of the zoo’s electricity, using 28,000 panels to generate 2.6MWh per year.
Taiwan-based design and manufacturer, Netronex, is to supply inverters, combiner boxes and distributed architecture, Ohio-based automotive manufactuerAlex Products is supplying steel racking and electrical engineer and subsidiary of Rudolphe/Libbe, Gem Inc, is completing electrical work.
Sixty construction jobs will be created for local union labour to construct the project.
“We employ many of the area’s most skilled, dedicated and experienced tradespeople. We’re proud to put them to work on this solar array,” said Jason Slattery, director of solar for Rudolph/Libbe. “We’re taking a contaminated brownfield site, which is a negative financial burden for the city, and turning it a positive for the city of Toledo and the Toledo Zoo. This is a huge win for our community.”
Rudolph/Libbe has already worked with Toledo Zoo to install a ‘SolarWalk’ – 1,400 solar panels arranged to look like a snake winding around the zoo’s parking lot, generating 99,000kWh a year.