Brownfield Provides Site to Power Toledo Zoo

July 24, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

GEM energy manageA 22-acre Toledo brownfield site is now home to a 2.1 MW solar array that will supply about 30 percent of the Toledo Zoo’s electricity each year. (before and after pictured).

The 28,500-panel array is bordered by a buffer zone for newly planted trees and green spaces.

The solar array and property are owned by a group of local investors led by Rudolph/Libbe Companies. Rudolph/Libbe and GEM Energy designed, developed and constructed the solar array, and structured the exclusive power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Toledo Zoo.

The project was built with Calyxo solar modules, which use thin film technology developed in Toledo. Nextronex, of Toledo, provided the inverters, combiner boxes, and distributed architecture for the solar array. AP Alternatives supplied steel racks for the solar modules.

The ground-mount system contains no moving parts. The array will produce about 2.6 MWh per year.

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