The Knoxville Zoo 48.02 KW Solar PV System

I MET HARVEY ABOUELATA IN THE KNOXVILLE ZOO’S QUEST TO LAUNCH AN IMPACTFUL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM. RECYCLING IS GREAT AND IMPORTANT, BUT WE WANTED TO ENERGIZE THE STAFF AND COMMUNITY WHILE REDUCING OUR UTILITIES WITH A BIG INITIATIVE. ARIES ENERGY BROUGHT CREATIVE IDEAS TO HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOALS. THEY DID QUALITY WORK VERY QUICKLY TO INSTALL A 50KW SOLAR ARRAY. BUT MORE THAN THAT, HARVEY AND HIS TEAM BELIEVE IN THE ZOO’S EFFORTS TO CONSERVE WILD ANIMALS AND WILD PLACES BY REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. THEY EMBRACED OUR MISSION AND HAVE BECOME TRUE PARTNERS ON OUR PATH TO BECOMING A GREENER KNOXVILLE ZOO.

Lisa New

Executive Director, Knoxville Zoo

The Knoxville Zoo took a major step towards sustainability when they paired up with Wampler’s Farm Sausage to install a 48.02 kW solar photovoltaic system on the elephant house.  This project was more than just installing solar panels on a roof; it was a major partnership between the Knoxville Zoo, Wampler’s Farm Sausage, Family Brands International (home of Elm Hill Hot Dogs and Cades Cove Barbecue) and the City of Knoxville, who owns the buildings at the zoo.  The Knoxville Zoo needed monetary support to fund the installation, so brothers Ted Wampler, Jr. and John Edd Wampler cooked up a deal with the zoo’s project directors Sharon Moore and Lisa New.

 

PROJECT OWNERS AND DEVELOPERS

PROJECT CONSTRUCTION

  • Project: Knoxville Zoo 48.02 kW Solar Photovoltaic System
  • System Commissioned: February 11, 2013
  • Power Production:  55,595 kilowatt hours annually – Click here to current production 
  • Carbon Offset:  47 tons CO2 offset annually, Equivalent of planting 405 trees annually

PROJECT EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Solar Panels: (196) Motech 245 watt modules
  • Inverter: (4) Fronius IG Plus 11.4 kW delta
  • Mounting: DPW S-5 Roof-Mount

GRANTS AND INCENTIVES

  • TVA Green Power Providers (read more)
  • Federal Investment Tax Credit
  • MACR

UTILITY AND AUTHORITIES

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