Thursday, January 14, 2010

More on the solar panel/tree things at the Civic Plaza

The wonders of Google News: found this article about the solar panels at the Civic Plaza (14th/Park/Kenyon), which power the fountain and lights. The plaza was designed by ZGF Architects, a local firm, and the panels were built by two English companies.

The article says the fountain "is one of the first urban streetscapes of its kind in the world to have its own renewable electricity generation capability and it could be a model for future low carbon town and city public realm architecture." Pretty cool that DC and our neighborhood is innovative with this sort of thing. The panels are estimated to produce about 3,600 kilowatthours a year.

Photo by M.V. Jantzen

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