City of ‘Green’ Light

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast.” So wrote Ernest Hemingway in one of my very favorite books, appropriately titled “A Moveable Feast.

Throughout history, the City of Lights has been a magical place, attracting artists, romantics, students, tourists to its winding streets lined with cafes, charcuteries and patisseries. And in the 21st century, this shining city continues to keep pace without sacrificing its character.

You would never see a windmill on Monmartre, or solar panels on the Eiffel Tower. But Paris has found a way to bring ‘green’ energy to the city without sacrificing its character or landmarks.  And, appropriately enough, this energy will come from a place most central to the city: The Seine. The River flowing between the left and right banks effectively divides and connects the two parts of the city.

According to an article published in The Guardian yesterday, Paris plans to install eight turbines, or hydrolinnes, under the eight bridges spanning the Seine to harness energy from the river’s currents.

Somehow those French always manage to be trendsetters.

Image courtesy of Robert Penridge

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