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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 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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Miles and Miles of Wind Turbines in West Texas

South of Sweetwater, Texas, we came across hundreds of wind turbines extending in rows to the horizon.

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South of Sweetwater, Texas, we crested a hill and saw, sprinkled amidst the cotton fields, hundreds of wind turbines extending in rows to the horizon. It's been more than 50 miles, and even though it's now dark we can see the red lights of the turbines blinking as far as the eye can see.

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