Omaha zoo installs 168 solar panels on roof of theater

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Courtesy: Henry Doorly Zoo

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo took another step toward conservation on Tuesday when it installed 168 solar panels on the roof of one of its buildings.

These solar panels on the Lozier Giant Screen Theater building will generate 116,000 kilowatts per hour, which is one-third of the annual power required by the building.

Installed on a south-facing, sloped roof, the panels were part of the Desert Dome Plaza renovation project.

The renovation included new facades for the theater, the Hawkins Giraffe Encounter and Skyfari.

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Courtesy: Henry Doorly Zoo

This is the second solar installation at the zoo. The first was several years ago in the African Grasslands.

“Solar panels are just one way that the Zoo and Aquarium is committed to going green,” President and CEO Dennis Pate said in a press release. “Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium strives to increase recycling and the reuse of materials, conserve energy and water, use green building methods, and practice environmentally preferable purchasing.”

Pate also said the zoo is working on a climate action plan.

“This process includes a diverse team of Zoo employees and volunteers who are developing goals that will lead the Zoo to a more sustainable and climate adaptive future,” he said.

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