Colorado brewery invests in more on-site solar

New Belgium Brewing is partnering with Boulder-based Namasté Solar to add an additional 96.525kW of photovoltaic solar panelling at its Fort Collins facility in the US.

The new system will be in addition to 870 panels New Belgium installed in Colorado in 2009 and will bring total onsite solar production to 4.5% of the brewery’s total electrical and is being paid for through funds raised through an Internal Energy Tax the brewery created two years ago to develop more onsite power generation.

Coupled with New Belgium’s onsite Process Water Treatment Plant (which produces methane that is harvested to fire a co-gen engine creating around 15% of New Belgium’s electricity), the brewery will soon be able to produce 19.5% of its total electricity through renewable energy on site.

The $250,000 installation will reside next to the original solar system on top of the brewery’s bottling and canning facility.

Site work begins mid-December and is scheduled to wrap up in late January, 2015.

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