California’s Berkeley Nature Center Installs Wind Turbine


With the installation of a turbine on its Shorebird Park Nature Center, the city of Berkeley, Calif. will become the first city in the U.S. to rely on wind power for one of its buildings, according to Chico, Calif.-based Evergreen Development, which will install the turbine.

The city-owned nature center will use a small, 1.8 kW wind turbine to produce energy for the saltwater aquariums, computers and lighting. The turbine, donated by Southwest Windpower of Flagstaff, Ariz., will supplement the building's existing solar electric system and solar hot water system.

By combining two renewable energy systems, the Shorebird Nature Center will be almost completely energy self-sufficient and will be the first city building to reach Berkeley's Measure G goal of an 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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