Melton Hill Dam Sustainable Recreation Area Technology

What to know what makes Melton Hill Sustainable Recreational Area tick? Consult this list for information about all the eco-friendly equipment.

Plug In Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Clipper Creek EV charging stations have been integrated within the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area with locations at the Dam tailwater and overlook/visitor center parking areas. These intermediate charging stations typically consume 3 to 4 kW while charging and are available for public use.

Sales Vendor:
Clipper Creek Inc.
11850 Kemper Rd #E
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 887-1674
www.clippercreek.com

Installation Vendor:
Total Quality Environmental
125 Security Place
Cookeville, TN 38506
(931) 372-0575
www.tqeonline.net

Solar Photovoltaic Flair

A solar array identified as a “solar flair” was integrated within the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area located at the Dam tailwater area. This renewable energy technology has a 1.25 kW rated capacity output, includes a dual axis system that tracks the sun throughout the day and is 35 percent more efficient than other non tracking systems. The renewable solar energy produced is converted from DC to AC via an Aurora inverter, is monitored with a Smart Sync meter and energy generated supports bathroom load and hydro plant station service.

Sales Vendor:  
Lake Michigan Wind and Sun
1015 County Road U
Sturgeon Bay, WI
(920) 743.0456
info@windandsun.com

Installation Vendor:
Total Quality Environmental
125 Security Place
Cookeville, TN 38506
(931) 372.0575
www.tqeonline.net

Wind Turbine

A sky stream wind turbine with a 70 ft fold-down monopole was integrated within the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area located at the overlook area. This residential sized turbine has a capacity output of 2.4 kW, produces power by converting rotational motion into electricity above certain wind speeds, produces maximum power at 20mph and can survive wind speeds up to 140 mph. Its 3 blades (rotor) sweep in a 12ft diameter circle, and the turbine tracks the wind turning clockwise looking up wind.

Sales Vendor:                        
Southwest Wind Power
1801 W. Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 779-9463
www.skystreamenergy.com

Installation Vendor:
Total Quality Environmental
125 Security Place
Cookeville, TN 38506
(931) 372-0575
www.tqeonline.net

Solar Pergola with Micro Inverters

A solar pergola with micro inverter technology was integrated within the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area located at the overlook/visitor center area. There are many alternatives for the installation of solar PV for renewable energy generation beyond typical house roof mounting; this wooden pergola application is one solar energy integration example. These sixteen SCHOTT solar PV panels have a capacity output of 5.3 kW and include Enphase micro inverter DC-to-AC technology that provide increased efficiency by reducing the losses across the array due to shading and cloud cover. Please visit www.us.schott.com for additional product information.

Sales Vendor:
Total Quality Environmental
125 Security Place
Cookeville, TN 38506
(931) 372-0575
www.tqeonline.net

Pergola Construction:
Total Property Management
1022 W. Hwy 11E
New Market, TN 37820
(865) 471-5151
www.totalpropertymanagement.biz

Solar Pole Mount with Central Inverter

Pole mounted solar with central inverter technology was integrated within the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area located at the overlook/visitor center area. There are many alternatives for the installation of solar PV for renewable energy generation beyond typical house roof mounting; this pole mount application is one solar energy integration example. These twenty four SCHOTT solar PV panels have a capacity output of 5.3 kW and include a Sonny Boy central inverter providing DC-to-AC conversion. Please visit www.us.schott.com for additional product information.

Sales and Installation Vendor:
Total Quality Environmental
125 Security Place
Cookeville, TN 38506
(931) 372-0575
www.tqeonline.net

Heat Pump Water Heater

A heat pump water heater model GE Geo Spring GEH50DNSRSA was integrated within the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area located at the overlook/visitor center area. Hybrid heat pump water heating technology consists of a compressor and evaporator to draw in ambient heat from surrounding air using two variable speed fans. Coils wrap the tank all the way to the bottom to transfer heat into the tank and heat the water. This 50 gallon on-demand response and fully programmable water heating system with traditional heating elements can reduce energy costs by up to 62 percent compare to a traditional electric water heater.

Sales Vendor:
Lowes
210 North Peters Road
Knoxville TN 37923
www.lowes.com

Installation Vendor:
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville TN 37923
www.tva.com

LED Lighting

LED lighting is commercially available technology that has entered the marketplace providing a direct replacement retrofit for energy efficiency improvements, greater light output, longer life and focused light patterns. Within the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area and hydro dam traditional 400 watt street lighting was retrofit with 260 watt LEDs. Research is being conducted to evaluate energy efficiency improvement, load profiles and light output related to various light bar configurations of four to 10 bars. Light focus control is very important especially within campgrounds; sufficient light is necessary, but not so much that camper comfort is disturbed. Each LED light is controlled by photocell technology. Please visit www.cooperindustries.com for additional product information.

Sales Vendor:
Thurman Bryant
309 West 21st Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 267-5513
www.thurmanbryant.com

Installation Vendor:
Total Property Management
1022 W. Hwy 11E
New Market, TN 37820
(865) 471-5151
www.totalpropertymanagement.biz

Solar Water Heating (Flat Plate)

Since public bath houses incur heavy seasonal use two water heating systems are being studied (a residential grade and a commercial grade) side by side at the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area to evaluate performance and cost differential benefits. Both are drain back systems whereas all the piping is sloped to allow water to drain back to each water tank when not actively pumping to prevent freezing. Intella Maxx controllers provide energy metering function and an inline electric tankless water heater serves as a backup to the solar water heating systems if and when needed. This AET Eagle Sun Skylight Flat Plate Collector system is a residential grade system and has 80 gallon capacity, a 30-year design life, stainless steel storage tank, heat exchanger, and drain back reservoir.

Sales and Installation Vendor:
Southern Solar Systems
11807 South Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35803
(256) 883-9848
www.southernsolarsys.com

Solar Water Heating (Evacuated Tube)

Two types of solar thermal water heating systems are being demonstrated within a bath house at the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area. Since public bath houses incur heavy seasonal use two water heating systems are being studied (a residential grade and a commercial grade) side by side to evaluate performance and cost differential benefits. Both are drain back systems whereas all the piping is sloped to allow water to drain back to each water tank when not actively pumping to prevent freezing. Intella Maxx controllers provide energy metering function and an inline electric tank-less water heater serves as a backup to the solar water heating systems if and when needed. This Sun Maxx Commercial Grade Evacuated Tube Collector system is a commercial grade system and has 80 gallon capacity, a manifold and a drain back reservoir.

Sales and Installation Vendor:
Southern Solar Systems
11807 South Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35803
(256) 883-9848
www.southernsolarsys.com

Solar PV Pavilion

Six types of different solar photovoltaic panels are being evaluated side by side on a newly constructed picnic pavilion at the Melton Hill Sustainable Recreation Area located along the swim beach area. These solar panels include monocrystalline, polycrystalline, CIGS and bifacial types totaling 12 kW rated capacity output. Each array is connected to a SMA DC-to-AC inverter and is feeding clean energy to smart sync meters. The performance of these A-F identified solar arrays is being monitored in an identical environment. Let the race of the manufactures begin and we will identified who performs the best.

Sales and Installation Vendor:
Total Quality Environmental, LLC
125 Security Place
Cookeville, TN 38506
(931) 372-0575
www.tqeonline.net