Project Type: solar PV and wind demonstration/research building
Project Location: in the middle of African Exhibit within the El Paso Zoo’s Western Expansion Project
Fuel Source: sun and wind
Project Capacity: approximately 3 kW solar and approximately 2 kW wind
To check out how much solar and wind power is being generated, click on this link: El Paso Electric Kalahari Research Station Energy Kiosk
Photo Gallery - photos of the EPE Kalahari Research Station
The El Paso Electric Kalahari Research Station is located in the middle of the new African Exhibit at the El Paso Zoo. The building includes a 3 kW solar photovoltaic array and a 2 kW wind turbine which provides between 15 to 23 percent of the building’s electricity. In addition, the project provides educational benefits by demonstrating how renewable energy technologies work, as well as teaching the community about the benefits and practical uses of renewable energy and energy conservation. EPE used monies obtained from EPE’s Voluntary Renewable Energy Tariff to fund the project. EPE’s Voluntary Renewable Energy Tariff is a mechanism by which EPE’s customers support renewable energy generation from EPE’s wind turbines. The money obtained through this voluntary program may be used to fund the acquisition of additional renewable resources, including demonstration projects, demand-side applications and distributed generation.