SWT Energy was proud to be given the opportunity by OPPD, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Nebraska Environmental Trust to install another first for the state; the first bi-facial, solar-canopy structure.
The system is comprised of eighty, 300w thin-film, bifacial solar panels mounted to a robust, steel canopy at the East end of the zoo. In addition to generating more than 36,000 kWh per year, it provides much needed shade for the waiting area at the newly reopened sky-safari ride.
Ultimately, this 24kW installation is a 'drop in the bucket' for the overall consumption at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. However it does far more than produce enough electricity to power the Lion viewing area, restrooms, exhibits and lighting on the East end of the zoo. This installation represents significant progress for broader acceptance and utilization of solar power.