A new billboard is going up in the middle of Times Square that will be powered with 16 wind turbines and 64 solar panels instead of the usual electricity. When it's windy and sunny, the billboard will be able to generate enough electricity to light up.
Ricoh Co. of Japan is setting up the 35,000-pound billboard 55 feet above street level on the corner of 7th Avenue and 42nd Street. The technology company, best known for its cameras and printers, estimates that the electricity normally drawn by such a billboard would power six homes annually. The fact that it will come from solar and wind power will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 18 tons every year.
It's not the first solar-powered billboard in the U.S. Last year, Pacific Gas and Electric set up a billboard in San Francisco powered by 20 PV panels. The Ricoh billboard in Times Square is much bigger, and it is employing a wind technology not seen in its west coast predecessor – vertical, cylindrical turbines. These turbines will serve as the billboard’s main power source; ninety per cent of the billboard's power will come from them and the rest from the attached solar panels.
The $3-million billboard is scheduled to light up on December 4. Ricoh is depending entirely on renewable energy to light up the sign and has no backup generator in place – if there is no wind or sun, the sign will go dark.
Via: New York Times
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