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30 Rock goes green

(NBC Newschannel) - For 75 years New York has officially kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza.

This year there's a new twist. 

The tree lighting is going green.

The 84-foot tall tree is wrapped with 30 thousand LED energy efficient bulbs that will save a month's worth of energy a typical family would use living in a 2,000 square foot home.

The lights are powered by solar panels added to the rooftop of a Rockefeller Center building earlier this month.

"Making Rockefeller Center green will have a significant impact on our efforts to to create the worlds first truly sustainable 21st century city," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The tree was cut down with a handheld saw a few weeks ago in Shelton, Connecticut and traveled by flat-bed truck to Manhattan.

Workers carefully added the Swarovski crystal star that spans nine-and-a-half feet in diameter, the largest star ever to adorn a Rockefeller Center tree.

After a few more last minute preparations, the star-topped green tree and a star-studded ceremony will kick off the official holiday season in the Big Apple.

At the end of the season the tree will be recycled and made into lumber Habitat for Humanity will use when building homes.

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