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Aviary Turns to Solar Energy to Help Pay the Bills

Aviary Turns to Solar Energy to Help Pay the Bills



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A grant from Rocky Mountain Power is helping Tracy Aviary light up some of their bird exhibits.

The $50,000 renewable energy grant made it possible for the aviary to install solar panels on a roof at the Liberty Park bird exhibit.

Power generated from the panels will be used in the buildings that house Australian lorikeets, the flamingo winter house and the backstage area for the aviary's performing birds.

The way the system is set up, the power company provides power when there's not enough sun to run the lights. But when the system is creating more than enough electricity for the aviary's use, the utility buys the extra.

The $50,000 grant to Tracy Aviary is one of five to come from the electric utility's Blue Sky wind-power funds. It's the second to come online since the awards were announced last year. A second round of renewable energy grants will be announced in August.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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