Good Energy Solutions, in association with Alabama Power and TradeWind Energy has begun construction on a 70 kW solar awning for Alabama’s Birmingham Zoo.
The large solar awning array will employ 276 1SolTech solar modules and 6 SMA inverters.
A unique solar installation, the large array will be installed on top of an existing 20 foot tall pergola, and will require the addition of thirteen, 1000 lb. truss beams to the existing structure. Once the new truss beams are in place, the solar modules and racking system will be installed and will cover an area of 32’ by 160’. When completed, the array will be sealed to make it rain proof, enabling the Birmingham Zoo to host outdoor events beneath their new solar roof.
The 70 kW solar array will produce 90 kWh hours of electricity every year, which is equivalent to the yearly energy use of 10 homes, and will annually save 45 tons of coal.
UDATE: To see more photos and information about the Solar Awning at the Birmingham Zoo visit the following: https://www.goodenergysolutions.com/blog/the-solar-powered-birmingham-zoo and https://www.goodenergysolutions.com/blog/nocturnal-mammals-at-the-birmingham-zoo/