|Designed ‘Green and Clean’
By Mike Remige, Pier Manager
The new Jennette’s Pier is loaded with state-of-the-art “green” technology and innovative design.
Most prominent are the three elegant Bergey Excel-S wind turbines that spin gracefully above the Pier’s wooden deck. At maximum output, the turbines are capable of fulfilling nearly half the facility’s electric needs. In addition, one of the Pier’s shade pavilions is covered in photo-voltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity, which is stored in a battery bank until needed to power Pier lights at night.
Besides on-site energy production, the Pier is designed for energy efficiency and resource conservation. A closed-loop, geothermal, HVAC system conditions the pier house. Eighty wells 200 feet deep circulate fluid that returns to the building at a consistent temperature to aid heating in winter and cooling in summer.
Water conservation is of particular interest. Rainwater cisterns provide irrigation, deck wash-down and vehicle cleaning. An on-site waste water treatment facility returns reclaimed water to the Pier and bathhouse toilets. Together, these two features alone are projected to reduce municipal water use by 60 to 80 percent.
All of these features combined are an important and tangible demonstration of clean energy production and conservation at work.
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