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Work begins on solar field for Toledo Zoo

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(Source: The Toledo Zoo) (Source: The Toledo Zoo)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Work is underway to convert a 22-acre site along the Anthony Wayne Trail into a solar field.

The former elevator plant site will become home to a two mega-watt solar array to provide the Toledo Zoo with a new source of renewable energy. Toledo City Council approved a special use permit to allow work to begin. Crews and heavy equipment are now there to lay the groundwork for the solar array to be built.

At one time, that site was targeted for a proposed auto junk yard. Neighbors, including Sharon McLennan, are happy a solar field is going there instead of a junk yard, and McLennan says she's glad the property will be put to productive use.

"For a long time no one took care of it, weeds would get so high," she said. "Seeing something going there is better; something to help with energy is good, too."

Once built, the Toledo Zoo will tap into the solar field to help run its heating, lighting and life support systems. It's estimated it will provide roughly 30 percent of the zoo's energy needs.    

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