On Saturday May 21, Jennette’s Pier, a state of the art, 1,000 foot long fishing pier at Nags Head, was christened and opened to the public.
The facility qualifies for the platinum-level, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building council and is designed with “green” features including; three Bergey Excel-S wind turbines, photo-voltaic cells, on-site water treatment facility, cisterns, and a closed-loop geothermal HVAC system.
At maximum output, the wind turbines are able to fulfill approximately half of the pier’s energy needs. Energy for all the pier lights are provided by photo-voltaic cells located on one of the pier’s shade pavilions.
As part of the “green” building design, several features were added with water conservation in mind. The on-site waste water treatment facility returns reclaimed water to the pier and bathhouse toilets, while the cistern stores rain water that will be used for irrigation, deck wash-down, and vehicle cleaning.
These conservation efforts are projected to reduce municipal water use by 60 to 80 percent. All of these features provide a demonstration of clean energy production and conservation at work, as well as, an educational opportunity for the public.
This looks like a great field trip opportunity! For more information or to inquire about field trip opportunities, please contact Christin Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-255-1501.