Sustainability and innovation are highlighted in Pittsburgh this holiday season as one of the city's famed bridges is awash in light and colors thanks to the Energy Flow bridge lighting installation, powered in part by wind energy. Photo credit: Roy Engelbrecht Pittsburgh Bicentennial
Sustainability and innovation are highlighted in Pittsburgh this holiday season. All as one of the city’s famed bridges is awash in light and colors. That’s thanks to the Energy Flow bridge lighting installation. All powered in part by wind energy. Photo credit: Roy Engelbrecht Pittsburgh Bicentennial

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — I mean let’s hear it for Pittsburgh’s forward-thinking commitment to innovation and sustainability. Those will be reflected in a new addition. All to the city’s Comcast Light Up Night® launch of the holiday season.

With Downtown, the North Shore and the South Side aglow in lights and festivities.  That’s drawing an anticipated crowd of 500,000. All a new 27,000 multi-colored LED lighting display. Located on the Rachel Carson Bridge. It is also known as the 9th Street Bridge.

One that will beautify the night-time skyline. All with the help of environmentally friendly wind power.

Energy Flow

Titled “Energy Flow,” the installation was designed by environmental artist Andrea Polli. One who envisioned Pittsburgh’s sister bridges. All illuminated with most importantly wind power.

In addition, Ron Gdovic, CEO WindStax Wind Power Systems helped. He helped bring Polli’s vision to life. That’s most interestingly by developing nanogrids. Also he built 16. That’s specially designed wind turbines. Those mounted on steel platforms. Also secured to the bridge. In addition, the wind turbines generate the main source of power. All for lighting the display.


More than an art display. For the Energy Flow installation bridges are holidays. All so Pittsburgh’s pioneering industrial past with its technology-driven future. That’s making it a perfect endnote. All to Pittsburgh’s bicentennial celebration.

Rachel Carson Bridge

“It is fitting that this sustainable installation is mounted to the Rachel Carson Bridge. One also named for the noted environmental champion. Also and a Pittsburgh-area native.”  That was said Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh.

The Rachel Carson Bridge is one of Pittsburgh’s Three Sisters. Also three prominent and nearly identical. It’s self-anchored suspension bridges. Those spanning the Allegheny River. Also and the first of their kind in the United States.

The installation has been more than a year in the making. The project was realized through the efforts of Mayor Peduto. In addition to Covestro LLC and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Riverlife. Also the City of Pittsburgh and Duquesne Light Company. Finally and DQE Communications.

The Pittsburgh media and downtown commuters were given a sneak preview. That’s of the lighting installation tonight.

In addition, all regional residents and visitors are for a treat. Because the city will be able to enjoy the Energy Flow display. That’s throughout the holiday season. Finally and on select occasions in early 2017.

I mean this is a really great first start. Look, I mean instead of lighting the holidays with incandescent bulbs. So they went LED; which I think is awesome.

So it clearly saved them money. I mean a lot of money.  That display times the amount of energy equals a lot of money. I mean for taxpayers. Well, not anymore.

Source: Pittsburgh Bicentennial Committee, www.PGH200.com, Covestro LLC, Duquesne Light, Andrea Polli, WindStax® Wind Power Systems

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