Minnesota Zoo to Showcase Alternative Energy

January 03, 2003

The Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth will become a showcase for renewable energy in 2003. Construction begins in January for:

  • solar heating for the animal barn
  • PV for electric vehicles
  • geothermal heat exchange for cooling polar bear and seal swimming pools
  • micro-hydro for all-purpose power.

The project is a public-private partnership with Rebuild America, City of Duluth. The project is scheduled to cost $300,000 under a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which administers DOE's Rebuild America and the State Energy Program in the state. For more information, see the department's Rebuild Minnesota.