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Mechanical Efficiency - Wind + Solar
Geothermal + Energy Recovery
Wind
This "first ever" vertical aeroturbine structure has a tower height of 70 feet, overall rotor size of 6 x 20 feet, and a power production of over 3000 kWh/yr. The system is supported by a battery optional inverter rated at 3600 Watts and supplies a significant percent of the electric power for the facility.
Solar: Active
Active solar thermal panels capture the heat of the sun and use it to boost the geothermal loop for winter time heating, provide consistent hot water to the main office building, and preheats return air to the shop lowering its heating costs.
Solar: Passive
The Christy Webber Landscapes headquarters has two passive solar thermal systems. The most obvious is the solar wall that covers much of the southern wall of the shop building. Air enters behind the thick dark panels of the solar wall and is heated by the sun. When the shop is in heat mode it can make use of this pre-warmed air thereby lowering its overall energy consumption. The second passive solar system is the greenhouse on the roof of the office building. During the winter air enters the greenhouse and is heated by the sun. As with the solar wall, that pre-warmed air is made available to the HVAC system in the building.