Making and saving energy at the zoo
From a story by Jennifer Page in The Isthmus:
For the past few years, Dane County has been working to make its buildings more energy-efficient, hoping to save taxpayers thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs and reduce environmental impact. One main focus of these efforts has been the Henry Vilas Zoo.
“The county is doing a lot right now with conservation and eco-friendly building,” says county Supv. Chuck Erickson, a member of the zoo commission. “The zoo has seen a lot of this focus.”
. . . The zoo has long looked for ways to improve energy efficiency. For several years, there has been a solar panel array in the flamingo yard. The energy it generates — about one-quarter of what’s needed to power the average home — is sold back to Madison Gas & Electric.