National Park Service officials today are unveiling new wind turbines and an electric vehicle charging station at Crissy Field Center in San Francisco.
Three of five planned wind turbines and the charging station are being installed outside the center, located along the East Beach of Crissy Field.
The project is part of a partnership between the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Hawaii National Energy Institute to study the effectiveness of small wind turbines, according to park officials.
Students from San Francisco’s Galileo Academy of Science and Technology will monitor the project’s energy efficiency as part of their environmental studies class, park officials said.
The installation of all wind turbines is the last step needed to qualify the 7,200-square-foot center for Platinum LEED certification, the highest level of certification in environmental sustainability.
Other systems already in place at the center include a solar thermal water heating system, rainwater catchment system and a photovoltaic system.
Today’s unveiling is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Among those expected to attend are National Park Service director Jon Jarvis and Frank Dean, general superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News