The Centre utilizes many forms of solar energy. The main PV systems are: 520 W Shell Solar, 450 W and 200 W ARCO solar systems. The 520-W Shell Solar system is part of a net metered system, the first in New Brunswick, which helps offset the Centre’s electricity use.
The Centre has 3 turbines, a 400W Air X turbine, a 450 W NPP Sprite, and a 3 kW Whisper 175. The 3 kW turbine is part of a net metered system, the first in New Brunswick, which helps offset the Centre’s electricity use. Most of these systems were installed by staff at Falls Brook or as part of a demonstration/workshop.
As the wind speed increases, the turbine output increases and the amount of power purchased from the utility is proportionately decreased.
When the turbine output is more than the Centre needs, the extra electricity is fed into the grid (net-metered).
The power bill at the end of the month is based on the net difference between the amount of energy used by the facility and the excess amount produced by the wind.
We estimate that the turbine will cover between 10–15% of the facility’s electricity requirements.
Cape Jourimain also uses a solar panel to heat some of the hot water needed in its restaurant, has an extensive system of composting toilets, uses rainwater for hand washing, use geothermal heat for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, and has a small photovoltaic panel that generates electricity for a water fountain.