Eco Friendly

Built to be eco-friendly, Maitraya relies on innovative design and the latest technologies to ensure that the impact of the residence and our guests on the natural Albany habitat is kept to an absolute minimum.

Power

The Maitraya residence receives a portion of its power from the sun through a solar power system.

This system takes the energy from the solar array and converts it into 240v power that home appliances can use. It generates 55kW hours per day on average. This is enough power for four average size homes.

Surplus energy is exported back to the grid.  During times when the resort uses more power than is generated, it draws what it can from the solar array and draws the remainder from the grid.  At night the system puts itself to sleep to conserve power.

  • Solar array
  • Peak output: 12.6kW
  • 4 banks of panels
  • 3 banks to grid, 1 bank to batteries (can light main house in event of blackout)
  • Maintenance appliances are run during the day
  • Solar hot water
  • House heating is assisted by central atrium
  • Skylight heats pool area

Water

Salt protectors and filters ensure the highest quality rainwater from all collection sources. Windmill pumps water to an elevated storage tank, enabling gravity feeding of the entire residence – no power is required.

Waste

Guests are encouraged to separate their recycling.
Food waste can be separated and fed to the chickens on the property. In exchange, guests are welcome to collect eggs and pick fruit from the orchard.

Maitraya Aviator’s Cottage

  • Fully self-sufficient
  • Solar powered (with batteries)
  • Solar electricity pump for water
  • Wood fired stove for cooking and heating
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