Uptown Charlottes first wind turbines are spinning atop Packard Place, the funky 1920s car dealership at Church and Third streets that has been renovated into an energy-efficient space for entrepreneurs.
The two six-foot turbines dont look like the familiar image of three-bladed windmills. They look like fans mounted on masts, vanes on either side pointing them into the wind. Like the buildings abstract paint scheme, theyre something different uptown.
What is that? visitors want to know, said Packard Place director Adam Hill. What it is, he said, is the passion of building owner Dan Roselli for renewable energy.
A $311,000 grant from the State Energy Office helped turn the circa-1928 building into a model of energy innovation. Its been certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, green-building program. Among its tenants are CLT Joules, an energy incubator.
The wind turbines share space on the buildings white, heat-reflecting roof with electricity-generating solar panels. Another solar array supplies hot water to bathrooms, a locker room and a restaurant downstairs. The turbines will generate a relatively modest amount of electricity, but perhaps enough to light the five-story buildings common areas
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