The $25-million fishing pier in Nags Head has received $500,000 in funding for once scrapped “green” amenities. Announced jointly by the N.C. Aquarium Society and Dominion North Carolina Power, this contribution to the N.C. Aquarium Society will cover the cost of three 90-foot monopole wind turbines as well as solar panels and a hydrogen fuel cell.
Although not expected to offset much of the energy needs of the facility, the “green” amenities will serve as educational demonstrations.
Senator Marc Basnight (D – Dare) remarked, “I am pleased that Dominion is stepping forward to help fund many of the environmental and educational features that will make the aquarium pier a great learning experience about the role clean energy plays in protecting our oceans.”
Basnight, a proponent of “green” energy, hopes to make this $25-million state pier a beacon of alternative energy on the N.C. coast.