Only Zoo in South Texas Turned Green with New Solar System

April 06, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

The only zoo in South Texas — the Gladys Porter Zoo, together with Green Mountain Energy Company, to celebrate the Earth Month, has announced the installation of the a new solar array — solar system in the zoo. As a provider of renewable energy, Green Mountain Energy Company presented a check worth $130,000 to help fund the Rio Grande Valley’s only zoological park.

Only Zoo in South Texas Turned Green with New Solar System

In New Jersey, another establishment has also turned green because of the installation of a solar photovoltaic system. The IT Consultancy firm, Omniholdings, recently installed a solar system to the 120,000 square feet Omni Holdings’ campus. The new solar photovoltaic system, according to company information, can generate enough energy to power 80 percent of the company’s electric needs.

The new solar system in the zoo, according to a report, would be the first renewable-energy-generator donated by Green Mountain, and would be the first to power a zoological park located at 500 Ringgold St. Brownsville, Texas.

Market manager for Green Mountain in South Texas, Vanessa Montelongo presented the check to the director of  Gladys Porter Zoo, Dr. Patrick M. Burchfield and Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada.

The solar system will act as a model to educate visitors about the benefits of renewable energy, and will also help to reduce the zoological park’s carbon footprint for the environment.

According to the Zoo director, Dr. Patrick M. Burchfield, the zoo is happy for Green Mountain’s fund donation and selecting their project for the solar system. The fund donated by the company is made possible by the Big Texas Sun Club — a program created by the company to support the installation and education of solar energy in Texas.

The Gladys Porter Zoo’s still-under-construction South Texas Discovery Center will house the soon-to-be installed solar system.

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