Zanes Cycles Unveils Eco-Building's Final Chapter

Branford, CT, April 05, 2009 --( Zane’s Cycles Unveils Final Piece of Eco-Friendly Building Construction

On Friday, April 3rd, the final step in Zane’s Cycles heroic relocation to its brand new eco-friendly building located on East Main Street in Branford will take place.

The much anticipated signature eight-foot wheel windmill that is part of the unique design of the building will be unveiled. It will kick off Zane’s Cycles annual Big Wheel Sale. The wheel is a wind energy generator that actually turns and will help power the bike shop. “We think it’s a creative way to emphasize our commitment to the environment, which, as a bike company, we certainly encourage people to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” said president Christopher Zane.

The company has further taken on the responsibility of lowering energy costs and reducing the impact they make on the planet. “We had this opportunity to start with a blank canvas and wanted to do it in a responsible way,” said Zane.

The company invested heavily in green technology, which includes a solar photovoltaic system consisting of 120 panels that produces 25,480 kw of electricity per year. That is about 30-40% of the new building’s total electrical requirements. It will remove the equivalent of 60,000 pounds of CO2 from the environment, and be the equivalent of planting 60 acres of trees per year. The solar panels will eventually produce 60% of the shop’s power needs and currently provides the building’s hot water.

Early adopters like Zane’s Cycles are becoming a catalyst for the growing renewable energy business in Connecticut by reducing their carbon footprint with this building. There are both federal and state rebates and credits available for renewable energy.

Zane’s Cycles is located at 330 East Main Street in Branford. The three-day Big Wheel Sale begins on Friday, April 3 at 9am-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am-5pm.

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Lynn DeJoseph