Renewable Energy-Powered Billboard Coming To New York's Times Square

Architectural vanity and billboard lighting will eventually go the way of the blue-fin tuna, helping conserve electric power for more vital uses like running elevators, lighting traffic signs, or cooking groaty-tasting tilapia that will, by that time, be the epitome of "sea food".

It will be several decades before such changes come to pass, of course. And they will be driven not by regulation, but by the high cost of electric power. In the meantime, green washing efforts like this one illustrate how much energy is being squandered on outdoor lighting. Scale this up to the many thousands of metropolis' with brightly lit city squares and to the outdoor lighting around hundreds of thousands of suburban strip malls:-

This winter, New Year's Eve revelers will have a close-up view of Times Square's first environmentally friendly billboard powered entirely by wind and sun...Powered by 16 wind turbines and 64 solar panels, the sign is expected to save $12,000 to $15,000 per month in electricity costs...
Via:Yahoo News, Times Square getting its first 'green' billboard Image credit:New York Times, Billboards, Erik Jacobs.

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