Australia’s Melbourne Zoo has installed three separate rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems of more than 100 kW on the zoo’s buildings, contributing to making it the world’s first certified carbon neutral zoo.

The PV plants, using 390 solar panels (pictured) from Hanwha Q Cells, have been producing energy since the beginning of September for self-consumption.

Modules supply both the zoo’s elephant and baboon enclosures and its headquarters with electricity. The PV systems, which will provide 140 MWh of electricity yearly, were designed and installed by Madison Australia.

Zoo Director Kevin Tanner said that solar power is in line with other zoo sustainability initiatives saying: ‘Increasing our solar power capacity is a crucial element of our energy strategy’.