Copenhagen Zoo has committed to clean energy by installing solar systems on top of 12 buildings, promising a reduction of 170 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
The zoo has formed a partnership with Pensionskassernes Administration’s energy fund, SustainSolutions and Solcellekonsulenten A/S to achieve its climate goals of reducing energy costs and sustainably improve its environmental balance.
The rooftop photovoltaic arrays have a capacity of 273 kWp and comprise solar modules from Q CELLS and will enable a 20 per cent energy saving, as well as a saving of six million litres of water.
Jørgen Nielsen, Copenhagen Zoo chief executive, said: “For Copenhagen Zoo, species, environmental and climate protection go hand in hand. Therefore we are very pleased that we can now make the protection of nature and species at Copenhagen Zoo even more sustainable.”
Jan Peters, regional sales manager for North Europe at Q CELLS, added: "With the help of Q CELLS' powerful solar solutions, Copenhagen ZOO will significantly reduce its electricity costs and thus effectively increase its competitiveness and sustainability. More and more companies across Europe are recognising the enormous potential of Q CELLS' C&I solutions and are focusing on solar power for their own consumption".
The zoo in Frederiksberg is home to more than 3500 animals and 240 species. Founded in 1859, it is Denmark's oldest zoo and attracts over a million visitors from home and abroad every year.
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