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by Michael dEstries
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For some New Yorkers, it’s not the Macy’s Day Parade that ushers in the holiday season but the lighting of the giant Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Last night, the 74-foot Norway Spruce, complete with 30,000 LED solar-powered bulbs, was turned on – prompting a sea of oohs and aahs from spectators.

In the first week it was installed, it was estimated that the tree drank more than 90 gallons of water per day. After Christmas, its wood will be provided for homes for  Habitat for Humanity and the pulp will become paper for a children’s book. Check out the video below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.solarchristmaslights.com Dan

    That is awesome! I didn’t know they switched the famous tree over to solar Christmas lights. We also carry these, they have become very popular over the years because they don’t use any additional electricity and no extension cords needed. If your looking for solar lights please check us out: http://www.solarchristmaslights.com

    Nice move New York!

  • http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/12/01/video-rockefeller-centers-solar-powered-christmas-tree-lights-up Ledlys

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading it :)