Anne Springs

Anne Springs Close Greenway Goes Solar

The Anne Springs Close Greenway provides recreational, educational and community activities and facilities in the Fort Mill area. The Greenway is a 2,100 acre nature preserve which offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and more to its visitors. Nestled as a natural oasis amidst the Fort Mill and greater Charlotte area bustle and growth, the Greenway sees over 275,000 unique visitors annually. The mission of the Greenway is to “connect people to nature through recreational and educational activities while fostering a passion for environmental conservation, animal habitat, and protection of natural resources.”

The Anne Springs Close Greenway demonstrates their commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability in several ways.

In 2019, the Greenway constructed a new welcome center called the Gateway. The Greenway Gateway employs a variety of passive and active sustainable systems that aim to drastically reduce energy consumption, improve thermal comfort, conserve water, and improve indoor air quality. The Gateway’s sustainability initiatives serve to engage, educate, and inspire future generations while driving leadership in environmental conservation and stewardships.

Water Conservation & Rainwater Harvesting 

  • Rainchain downspouts connect to a 200 gallon rainwater collection system for drip irrigation.
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures.

Active Solar Energy Harvesting

High Efficiency HVAC Systems

  • Radiant heat slab in lobby.
  • Reduces energy consumption.
  • Heats space evenly.
  • Mitigates temperature swings for improved thermal comfort.
  • High Efficiency heat pump heating/cooling system for support spaces.

Improved Indoor Air Quality 

  • Structure uses zero VOC materials, eliminating material off-gassing.
  • Brings in 100% outside air, boosting building air quality.

Natural Daylighting

  • North-facing clerestory windows for indirect daylight.
  • Interior light shelf for greater indirect light distribution .
  • Front porch shading blocks direct sunlight.
  • Use of daylighting sensors.
  • Indirect (diffuse) light creates a “light-filled space”.
  • Reduce solar heat gain and glare.
  • Reduces energy consumption by turning off lighting when natural light will suffice.

Besides the Gateway itself, the Greenway offers extensive programming in order to engage the local Charlotte and Fort Mill communities and draw the public into active participation in nature. Some of the Greenway’s programming includes: weekly yoga classes, horseback trail rides, couch-to-5k running group, trail running group, photography 101, birding club, environmental speaker series, Catawba master naturalist class, community preschool programs, brunch at the Gateway, kids night out, Girl Scouts on the Greenway, Earth Day Celebration, community gardens, and more. The common thread that unites these programs is environmental conservation through public education and enjoyment of nature.

Finally, the Greenway seeks to include those less fortunate through recreation and education scholarships. These scholarships are funded through public donations; they allow children and families that lack financial resources to participate in programming at the Greenway. In 2019, the Greenway provided financial assistance to 290 local families.

About Renu Energy Solutions

Renu Energy Solutions is a leading full-service solar installer. Local to Charlotte, the company serves North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and has installed solar for thousands of energy customers since 2010.


Frequently Asked Questions About Solar:

How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
Solar energy begins with sunlight that hits the panels to produce energy that flows into your inverter, which converts the DC energy into Alternating Current (AC) electricity that can be used to power your home. This same energy is then consumed when powering your home’s light, appliances, gizmos, and gadgets. If you feel your home isn’t producing the energy that it needs, the utility will fill in the gaps. If you system produces more energy than needed, that energy will go to the grid and your utility will credit you for the unused power.
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
At Renu Energy Solutions we design our solar panel systems size based on three main factors.

Roof-size/available space: When we look at the size of your roof and the space available, we gather data that tell us the maximum number of solar panels your home or site can hold and we even consider shading. We use a software “Suneye” which takes a 360 picture of your roof and we use this photo to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar.

Energy Usage: When we determine energy usage we look at your past electrical bills from over the course of a year to make sure your system isn’t too big or too small.

Your Budget: We take your budget seriously and most importantly, we want you to be satisfied with our services. We take your feedback on how much you want to spend so that we can size your system appropriately.

What is solar net-metering?
Net-metering is a type of utility policy that controls how your system is connected to the grid and how you are credited for the solar energy you produce.
Does Duke Energy offer net-metering?
Yes! Both Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories in NC offer net-metering when your homes goes solar. If you are interested in net-metering, no worries. Our team will guide you through the process as certain utilities have a different application procedure.
Curious about the cost of a home solar system?
When our clients ask this question, we immediately tell Tham about the federal tax credit that comes with going solar. The Federal tax credit for going solar is 26% in 2020. For example, if the total cost of you system was $22,000, when you subtract 26% you are then left with a %16,280 solar system. There is not set price for a home going solar as there are many factors that contribute to the total cost. The price of a solar home can range from $10k to $100k based on the size of your roof, energy usage, aesthetic preferences, and of course, budget.

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