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Press Contact: Alice LaPierre, Office of Energy and Sustainability, (510) 981-5435

Shorebird Nature Center first city building to run on wind energy

<#text>Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 05, 2007) -

On Monday, September 10, 2007, at 2 p.m., Berkeley will raise the tower for the first wind turbine on a city building. With a height of only 35 feet, the tower and turbine will be visible from Interstate 80, but will still be below bird migration height. This project has received the support of the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

The turbine is expected to produce between 60 and 80 percent of the building's electrical needs. Heating and hot water for the new classroom building will be provided by a solar hot water system, which also currently serves the City’s straw bale building at the Nature Center.

The turbine, a SkyStream 3.7 manufactured by Southwest Windpower of Flagstaff, Ariz., was donated to the City. It is one of roughly two dozen wind turbines that are eligible for the California Energy Commission's renewable energy rebate program. The program provides rebates for consumers who install qualifying small wind systems, and more information can be found at http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/erprebate/.

For more information, please contact Alice La Pierre, Project Manager, at 510-981-5435, or email Energy@ci.berkeley.ca.us.


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