From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]
HE CAN POINT IT AT YOUR HOUSE
THIS SOUNDS LIKE A MOVIE
SCI-FI POWER TRIP
A village in the shadow of the Italian Alps that sees no sun for three
months of the year is installing a giant mirror on a mountainside to
reflect sunshine into the town square.
A tailor-made sheet of steel will be positioned this week on a nearby
peak at a height of 1,100 metres to direct sunlight down to the tiny
hamlet of Viganella, in the narrow Antrona valley, north of Turin.
Viganella, with a population of only 197, suffers from a complete lack
of direct sun from Nov. 11 to Feb. 2.
Mayor Pierfranco Midali presented the project for approval in January
of this year to help lift his community out of darkness during those 83
days a year.
Computer controlled monitors will enable the eight-by-six-metre sheet
of metal to follow the path of the sun and reflect its rays down to a
250-square-metre area in the village square for at least six hours a
The project cost of $151,000 has been covered by the local governments
and a private bank.