"Green" Cell Phone Tower Installed in WI for Earth Day

By: 23 Storm Team/CBS
By: 23 Storm Team/CBS

The Upper Midwest now has a "green" cell phone tower just in time for Earth Day.

Cellcom on Tuesday (4/22) activated an alternative energy tower north of Green Bay. A combination of solar panels, a wind mill, hydrogen fuel cells and batteries creates the electricity to run the tower.

The solar panels generate the most power but the sun doesn't need to shine every day in order for the tower to operate. If the skies are cloudy for a long stretch of time the hydrogen fuel cells or the wind mill will kick in.

Cellcom says the tower will provide service to areas of Wisconsin that were considered dead zones for cell phone coverage.

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