Solar Energy at Wellfleet Bay
Wellfleet Bay has ground and roof mounted solar arrays, which allow the sanctuary to to produce much of its own electricity from renewable sources, and solar thermal systems for the campground, dormitories and nature center hot water needs.
The chart below shows energy production from Wellfleet's 42 kW ground mounted solar photovoltaic array. Mouseover the graph or click on any day for more detail. Choose a different date range with the buttons at the top right of the graph.
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In 2006 a solar ground mounted array and a roof mounted array on the camp building were installed. These arrays combined produce 21 kW and reduce the electricity drawn from the public electric provider, allowing the sanctuary to take a dramatic step toward energy self-reliance. Find out more about these arrays
The Pole Barn has 12 SunPower panels with an estimated production of 4,935 kWh. Find out more about this array.
The Property Manager's House has 18 SunPower panels with an estimated production of 7,418 kWh. Find out more about this array.
In the spring of 2010 Wellfleet installed solar thermal systems for the campground, dormitories and nature center to cover all of its domestic hot water needs.