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(NBC) - The Adobe Co. in California isn't letting a downtown office location get in the way of green energy innovation. The company has installed 20 wind turbines.

The installation of the windspire virtical axis wind turbines is nearly complete, and the turbines go on-line later this month, delivering green energy to what is perhaps already one of the greenest office complexes in the world.

Randy Knox, Adobe's senior director for global workplace solutions, says the company is always looking for ways to stay cutting edge with energy technology. Solar didn't quite work with their downtown space, but a windy sixth-floor courtyard was an opportunity for wind power.

The windspire was a better fit. Both for aesthetics and for safety.

"One of the concerns here was birds," he explained. "Because we do have the peregrine falcons in the area, and these are supposed to be very bird friendly."

The 20 windspires will put out enough electricity to power 10 average-sized homes, but that's barely a drop in the bucket for one giant-sized software company.

With that in mind, the folks at Adobe admit the wind turbines are more symbolic than practical. They are taking the symbolism a step forward, saying the power generated will be used to run the semaphore on the roof of the building and power electric cars in the basement.

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