Solar Energy from the Edible Zoo


For the animals and more than 60 households

The roof areas on the new cow and pig stables are equipped with a photovoltaic system that now supplies more than 60 households with clean electricity.

A total of 526 modules with a total peak output of around 200 kWp were installed. The modules are from the company Kioto Solar from St. Veit an der Glan and thus "Made in Austria". The project was realised in cooperation with Energie Steiermark.

For Josef Zotter, the main focus of this project was to make the best possible use of the existing roof area. The barn itself has a low electricity demand, so about 80 percent of the renewable energy produced there is fed into the domestic power grid. This is also because Zotter's Edible Zoo is already completely energy self-sufficient, the chocolate factory covers 60 percent of its energy needs from its own sources and the entire company completely relies on green energy from renewable sources.

"Investing in renewable energy is an important concern for us as a company, but also as a family, we see it as an investment in the future of our children. We not only bear responsibility for our actions, but also want to leave the next generation with an environment worth living in. That is why we have been focusing on the expansion of renewable forms of energy for many years and are glad to have Energie Steiermark, competent partner, by our side," Josef Zotter on the "solar power" project.

[Translate to English:] Neue Photovoltaik-Anlage