Saint Paul

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory saving on energy costs with community solar

Meeting Saint Paul's climate and energy goals

Ever heard of solar-powered penguins, polar bears, and primates? Now you can say you have! City of Saint Paul is supporting solar energy with their popular Como Park Zoo and Conservatory through a community solar subscription.

The clean energy will reduce electricity costs for the zoo's operations. The solar installation—owned by C2 Energy Capital, a renewable energy and storage investor and developer—is part of three community solar gardens that total just over 4 MW, and align with Saint Paul's climate and renewable energy goals.

About Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

For over 100 years, Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota has charmed, educated, and entertained millions of children and adults while fostering an appreciation of the natural world. The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is open 365 days a year, and is always free for visitors (though donations are appreciated).

All the work CERTs has done for local governments for many years has been beneficial for me and the City of Saint Paul and our community solar garden subscriptions. For that I say thanks!

Jim Giebel, Energy Coordinator, City of Saint Paul

Conservation goes to the core of what Como is all about. We are a nationwide leader in animal and plant conservation, and by reducing the City's overall greenhouse gas emissions we are taking another step in environmental stewardship.

Michelle Furrer, Director, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is another great example of our commitment to save taxpayer funds through lower energy costs and reduce emissions.

City of Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

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