Solar powers the plains

Taronga Western Plains Zoo installed a solar panel system on the roof of the Savannah Visitor Plaza in December 2016. The 99.76kW solar system on the Visitor Plaza will generate 157MWh of solar electricity per year; all will be consumed on-site. This impressive sustainable update works towards the Zoo’s ambitious sustainability goals.

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Solgen Energy Group designed, installed and commissioned the solar power system on the Visitor Plaza. From visibility, challenges with shading to weather-permitting schedules, Solgen engineered and executed the project to fit the unique requirements of the Zoo.

The solar panel system spans 456.67m² is made up of 344 Trina Solar Honey panels and four German-quality SMA inverters. The Visitor Plaza is the thoroughfare for all guests and the Zoo’s stakeholders wanted it to be appealing and part of future educational materials. This was taken into account when designing the layout of the system.

Solar power project details

Location: Dubbo, NSW
Date completed: December, 2016
Solar system peak capacity: 99kW
Panel: 344 x Trina Solar Honey 290W
Inverter: 4 x SMA Sunny Tripower

Construction was completed in just under a month and was timed around weather, the Zoo’s opening hours and when disruption to the peak events booking period was minimal.

For the shaded areas (44 panels in total), a Tigo DC Optimiser was used on each panel. The DC optimiser enables the panels to operate individually from other panels on the same string. This means the shaded panels will not negatively effect the unshaded remainder of the array. The use of the DC optimisers will increase the output of the shaded areas by up to 20 per cent.


The installation of the combined 99.76Kw solar power capacity at Taronga Western Plains Zoo will:

  • The saving from this system alone is equivalent to taking 23.3 cars off the road for a year, or 426,000kms driven by a car in greenhouse gas reductions.
  • The solar power system will save 125,250kWh annually.
  • Reduce 110 tonnes of CO2 offset per annum.

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