The 125 Year Old Eiffel Tower Goes Solar

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower ( Solar Thermal Magazine).

As Paris celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the The Eiffel Tower this year, city officials have made some big changes to modernize the huge structure. As part of an effort to make the tower more of a symbol for the city by modernizing the tower, they have made it  more accessible to the handicapped as well as more sustainable with a lower carbon footprint.

The project aims to reduce the tower’s carbon footprint ( and air conditioning bills in the summer ) with passive solar design by changing the position of glass windows as well as introducing solar collector panels to heat 50 % of the hot water it uses. They have also installed a rainwater collection system to supply the lavatories and replaced the older lighting systems with LED.

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