Two wind turbines on Paris Eiffel Tower
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Two wind turbines were installed on the second level of the Eiffel Tower at a height of 127 metres, the Paris monument’s operating company SETE announced on Thursday.
The wind turbines have a height of seven metres, a wingspan of three meters and have a production capacity of 10,000 kWh per year. This covers the energy needs of the shop situated on the Tower’s first level.
“This is quite symbolic,” a spokesperson of the company said, adding that “these wind turbines show the Eiffel Tower’s commitment in terms of sustainable development”.
This initiative complements the series of ecological efforts the world's most visited entrance-fee paying monument has been undertaking.
These ecological measures include Led lighting, solar panels on one of the Tower’s pavilions, a rainwater collection system, heat pumps and electricity supplied by GEG, a firm specialised in renewable energies.
The Tower’s annual electric consumption is 6.7 GWh, which equates to the consumption of a city of about 3,000 people.
The Eiffel Tower had more than 7 million visitors in 2014.