The Pueblo Zoo in Pueblo, Colorado has subscribed to an under-construction solar system in the state, that is managed by community solar developers Pivot Energy.
The Pueblo Zoo has committed to subscribe to a community solar garden that will provide the non-profit organization with 200 kW of solar capacity. The solar subscription is estimated to save the Pueblo Zoo more than $350,000 in electricity expenses over the duration of the agreement.
The money saved from the Zoo’s solar subscription will be reallocated and used for its animal conservation and education efforts.
“This initiative is important to us in so many ways. We are dedicated to acting as an example to our community in seeking out and implementing sustainable actions,” said Abigail Krause, executive director of the Pueblo Zoo. “We want to inspire our guests and our students to find ways to make sustainable choices in their own lives. Transferring to solar enables us to be true to our mission to empower people to engage in the conservation of animals and their natural habitat. Additionally, as a non-profit entity, it is important for us to stretch every dollar. This solar project will allow us to direct those valuable savings directly to the care of the animals.”
The 500-kW in-progress community solar garden is located near the Pueblo airport. Pivot Energy will construct and manage the project in partnership with Black Hills Energy. The community solar garden will also be open for Pueblo residents, businesses, and non-profits to participate.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide such significant savings for one of Colorado’s most iconic entities,” said Tom Hunt, CEO of Pivot Energy. “Community solar is an excellent program for organizations like the Pueblo Zoo to receive the benefits of solar energy without incurring any upfront costs. We look forward to seeing the continued great work the Pueblo Zoo will do as a result of the savings from their community solar subscription.”
News item from Pivot Energy