IMPERIA, ITALY, March 16, 2011 – At the stroke of midnight, an Italian flag will be illuminated on the façade of Imperia’s City Hall with green, white, and red LED flood lights powered by a vertical axis wind turbine to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. Imperia, the third largest city in Liguria, has an ambitious plan to green the city under the leadership of Mayor Paolo Strescino. The first step towards this is the installation of an eddy wind turbine by Urban Green Energy atop the bell tower of Liguria’s historic city hall, built in 1923, to offset a percentage of the building’s electricity. Swiss distributor Greenwire installed the turbine.
Michele Benvenuti of Greenwire says, “With this installation, Greenwire shows everyone that making energy is a fun process that can enrich our city experience. It should become a new way of furnishing the living space we all enjoy outside our home. Wind energy is a rich resource for everyone, but most importantly it’s free! Greenwire and Urban Green Energy can now help you collect your free daily amount of energy that provides your energy needs, and we can do it in style.”
Future plans for the city of Imperia include the installation of a number of UGE-4K turbines in the park in front of the city hall to power all of the building’s energy needs. This is an effort to achieve a European Union objective to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020, in accordance with the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Kyoto Protocol. Imperia is among the many municipalities in Europe abiding by this covenant, under which free financing is available to achieve this. Greenwire assists with the financing.
Chevaun Tarrach, Vice President of Business Development at Urban Green Energy, helped manage the project and was excited to see a preview of the end result. “The residents of Imperia are going to love their new installation, which looks beautiful above this historic clock tower. We are happy to have worked with Greenwire and the city of Imperia on this project, which is one more example of how we are helping cities from around the world go green.”
Greenwire, greenwire.ch, is the brainchild of people like you who require the use of sustainable technologies and resources of the third millennium to be used wisely with minimal waste. We focus on small units that will enable anyone, anywhere to take advantage of the valuable resources in the wind and sun. We stay away from giant wind-covered mountains and grasslands invaded by huge photovoltaic stations. We are not your classic reseller, but we do what we do because we really believe in what we do: selling products that we believe in and like.