News — 01 May 2015
The Eiffel Tower goes green

The Eiffel Tower in Paris has historically been an iconic symbol of ingenuity, and now it is even more so with the addition of two wind turbines on the second level. These stylish machines are mounted about 100 meters above the ground, and are designed to provide all the power necessary for the structure’s first floor. The turbines were installed by the US company Urban Green Energy, and they are painted in the exact same grey colour as the rest of the famous landmark.

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 as the entrance arch to the Paris World’s Fair, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It has been visited by an estimated 250 million people since it opened. This newest feature spectacularly highlight’s the city’s plan to be able to generate 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, and it also transmits a powerful message to the world

Commenting on the Tower’s commitment to a more sustainable future, Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of Urban Green Energy, said: “We are proud that our advanced technology was chosen for this important project. When visitors from around the world see these wind turbines, it brings us one step closer to a world powered by clean and reliable renewable energy.”

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