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The Eiffel Tower Goes Green

Paris’s most iconic landmark gets a new, eco-friendly addition.

The Eiffel Tower, built in 1889, was created with the sole intention of acting as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, meant to last only a few years. Paris’s most iconic landmark has seen various additions and decorations for holidays and events in its 126 year life span, but it’s latest renovation is a new symbolic and practical addition. Last week, Urban Green Energy, a renewable energy firm, installed two wind turbines near the second level of the tower within the metal scaffolding. The turbines will produce 10,000 kilowatts per hours, enough to offset all the electricity used on the first floor, which includes restaurants, a souvenir shop, and historical exhibits, in a given year.

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The P2P Model is Coming to Energy

Soon you may be able to buy your electricty from your neighbor.

Ever dreamt of a world where you could choose your renewable energy provider a-la-Airbnb? The new person-to-person electricity trend, which began in the Netherlands in 2013 and spread to the UK, is bringing the innovative concept to life.

The Amsterdam based Vandebron, which translates to “from the source,” provides a direct marketplace between local farms generating clean power and local homeowners and businesses looking for a low cost, no fuss renewable energy source.

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The Largest Wind Farm In Africa Will Light Up 1.5 Million Homes

The new wind farm will also save Morocco $140 million in oil imports.

A Moroccan windpark. Photo by Flickr user Christoph Kober.

The Tarfaya Energy Farm is located in Morocco, on the country’s southern coast. With 131 wind turbines spread out over 22,000 acres of land, the farm also has the distinction of being the largest wind energy project in Africa. This month, the Tarfaya Energy Farm was finally up and running after more than a year of constuction. Surveyors predict that at full capacity, it will provide clean energy to 1.5 million homes. This energy farm is projected to offset the impact of 900,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, cutting the country’s annual oil imports by an estimated $140 million.

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WindMade: A New Label for Businesses and Products Powered by Wind

A new "made with wind power" certification will help you see who and what is being powered by the clean, renewable resource.

You know how sometimes you'll be buying paper or coffee or a chair, and you see some products boasting that they were "made with wind energy?" Up to now, you'd have to either take the company at their word, or do a bunch of investigating to see how they're actually powering their factories and facilities. There might soon be some better transparency in this process.

A handful of nonprofit, corporate, and industry partners have just announced the WindMade Standard, which they describe as "the first global consumer label identifying products and corporations made with wind energy."

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