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Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 1:41pm
EL PASO — Renewable energy-saving projects are in the works in El Paso, and one of them will allow downtown visitors to charge mobile devices using solar energy.
The projects were made possible by grants received through President Obama's America Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and are being organized by the city's Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.
Among the list of projects is a solar-powered public art piece, a first for the City of El Paso. Officials said the Aztec Calendar Pavilion, a renewable energy education project, is a shaded yet light-filled gathering and performance space with an elaborate detailed ceiling, paying homage to the original Aztec calendar and casting light play onto the ground below.
The pavilion will allow residents to charge mobile phones and other devices using solar power, according to project leaders. Solar energy generated throughout the day will also provide illumination for the pavilion during the night. Any unused solar energy will go back into the City's power grid.