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Greenport Village's Eco Energy Park presentation, March 25, 2013

Greenport Village's Eco Energy Park presentation, March 25, 2013

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GREENPORT ECO ENERGY PARK
Proposal
and Concept Description
Prepared by:
studio a/b architects
651 W. Main St.Riverhead, NY 11901
T. 631 591 2402
With
Lillian Ball
for
The Village of Greenport
David Nyce, Mayor
John W. Naylor, Jr., P.E. Director of Utilities
March 20, 2013
 
REENPORT ECO ENERGY PARK
The Greenport Eco Energy Park will install a two to four megawatt, self-generated electric facility usingrenewal energy. The waterfront property will also be developed as a public park, educational facility,conference center, and demonstration site for a range of sustainable and green infrastructure practices,becoming an important eco-tourism attraction for the East End.
I.
Project Summary Description
The Village of Greenport proposes the establishment of an Eco Energy Park on an 8.7 acre parcel that it
owns at Clark's Beach, outside the Village limits within the jurisdiction of the Town of Southold. The sitecurrently contains the Village outfall pipe from its sewage treatment plan. Renewable energy generationfrom both solar and wind installations will be designed to supplement the five-megawatt, hydroelectric
power purchases already serving the Village's basic needs. The goal is to build a two-to-four megawatt,
self-generated system to replace the costly, open-market purchases of additional electrical power madewhen demand exceeds the limits of the hydro-generation contract. Currently during peak months theoverage represents a high percentage of the monthly costs, compared to a much lower percentage ofconsumption. For example in July, 2012, overage represented 27.8% of the power used but 78.9% of the
costs.
The fact that Greenport has a contained system with generating capability makes this an idealpilot program
to study long term effects and cost savings of strategies.The site will also be developed as a public park, educational facility, conference center, anddemonstration site for a range of sustainable and green infrastructure practices. Education, especially asit relates to how renewable energy, natural systems and the man-made environment interact is a criticalcomponent of the project. An understanding of water, air and soil quality, causes of degradation andmethods of protecting and enhancing quality will be key elements of the outreach and demonstration
components. Examples of sustainable approaches applicable to domestic scales will be showcased.Designed as a public amenity providing public access to the Long Island Sound, the restored site will
enhance this underused waterfront parcel and serve a wide audience, including the local populace andvisitors. Trails will link this facility to other public lands including a Bay-to-Sound trail system, providing
unparalleled access to a
full range of natural
environments. The site will be developed for delight andexploration as well as utility, serving as an eco-tourism attraction on the East End. The social, economicand environmental priorities of the triple bottom line will all be advanced by this project.
II.
Goals:
Reduce or flat-line electrical costs for the Greenport system by generating electricity normallypurchased on the open market
Generate and use renewable energy
Provide public access, educational and recreational opportunities serving the local populace,adult education, and touristsPromote by example sustainable practices for utility, building and site development practices,which in return will encourage private replication and expand job opportunities for local
businesses involved with sustainable practices
 
III.
rogram
The proposed components are a comprehensive concept, but will be phased according to grant
availability and financing scenarios.
A. Components:
1. ENERGY
a.
One megawatt wind turbine generator on the northern section of the site near the Long
Island Sound.
b.
One megawatt wind turbine generator at the Village sewage facility.
c.
Vertical axis wind turbine demonstration installation (domestic scale)
d.
Solar arrays and inverters to provide a 0.5 megawatt system (additional panels in
Village)
e.
Additional solar arrays possible at the sewage treatment plant facility
f.
Hydro-electric demonstration
g.
Energy conservation program
2. SITE IMPROVEMENTS
a. New Entry and Parking area to accommodate 40 parking spaces (mostly under the solar
panels). Includes:
i.
Solar charging station for electric vehicles
ii.
Permeable pavement
iii.
Electric cart parking (for site)
iv.
Bicycle rack
b. Stabilized route to support fire and maintenance truck access to the site and existing
sewer outfall system. This can also accommodate electric carts (no public vehiclesallowed past the parking area).
c. Improvements to existing pathway and its termination on the beach, includingstormwater collection in a series of rain gardens and rubble reconfiguration/cover.
d. Overall site improvements
i.
Identification of native and invasive species existing on the site
ii.
Removal of debris (ranges from an abandoned car to concrete rubble)
iii.
Removal of invasive species
iv.
Restoration of vernal wetland areas and roadside grasses/plantings using native
plants
v.
Stairs, path construction for safely scaling elevation changes within the site
vi.
Bluff protection enhancement at the base of the cliff face
e. Collection of building, solar panel and path stormwater run-off for reuse, irrigation, and
rain gardens.
f. Proposed wetland to daylight sewer outfall for treatment and polishing for further
nitrogen removal (fourth step in effluent treatment) before dispersal to the LI Sound.
g. New, themed trails throughout the site with links to the Bay-to-Sound trail system being
developed by the Town of Southold and Village of Greenport, including proposed trails
on the adjacent, county-owned properties preserved as open space. Trail, site andbuilding themes revolve around concepts related to the sun, earth, wind and water.h. Community garden and composting areai. Signage for entry, identification of natural species, explanation of systems, sustainablepractices and other educational purposes

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