Rockefeller Center Tree: 2 Shades of Green

Rockefeller Center tree festooned with LED lights powered by solar energy

RockCenterTree2013The 2013 Christmas tree  that will grace Rockefeller Center is a 76-foot Norway spruce from my home state of Connecticut — specifically from Shelton, a town in northeastern Fairfield County. The tree is green in the traditional sense of the word, and the 30,000 lights that will illuminate it between December 4 and January 7. It is also going to be green in the 21st century eco-sense –for the first time in its history, festooned with a new set of energy-efficient LED lights fully powered by solar panels being installed on top atop 45 Rockefeller Plaza — a 60 percent reduction in consumption. After the holidays, the power from 363 General Electric Solar panels will be fed back into the building to help reduce the peak energy demand from the grid.