Nextek’s STAR Trailer Powers Detroit Zoo Holiday Tree

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Nextek Power Systems have helped the Detroit Zoo celebrate the season by donating the use of one of their STAR Trailers to power the lighted ornaments on their holiday tree. The STAR (Stationary or Transportable Available Resource) Trailer is a portable solar panel and charging station that provides electrical power and battery packs to areas of the world where grid power remains unavailable. For example, several of the units are in use in Haiti.

The tree ornaments were handmade by Zoo staff and volunteers, made primarily from discarded plastic bottles. The tree also includes 1,000 LED lights that are powered by the STAR Trailer. The “Green” tree is part of the Detroit Zoological Society’s Green Initiatives. The society has developed a plan called the Greenprint, a comprehensive strategic guides to operations and which refines and improves facilities and daily practices, develop new policies and programs and improves green literacy in the community.

For more information regarding the Detroit Zoo’s Green Initiatives, visit