Mike Koozmin/Special to The SF ExaminerParks officials unveiled one of five new wind turbines at Crissy Field.

Park Service unveils turbines and vehicle charging stations

National Park Service officials unveiled new wind turbines and an electric vehicle charging station Wednesday at Crissy Field Center in San Francisco.

Three of five planned wind turbines and the charging station are being installed outside the center, located along the East Beach of Crissy Field.

The project is part of a partnership between the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Hawaii National Energy Institute to study the effectiveness of small wind turbines, according to park officials.

Students from San Francisco's Galileo Academy of Science and Technology will monitor the project's energy efficiency as part of their environmental studies class, park officials said.

The installation of all wind turbines is the last step needed to qualify the 7,200-square-foot center for Platinum LEED certification, the highest level of certification in environmental sustainability.

Other systems already in place at the center include a solar thermal water heating system, rainwater catchment system and a photovoltaic system.

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