Solar Ale Anyone?

Does a Solar Powered Brewery mean a Solar Ale?

SunMaxx Solar manufactured and installed a solar hot water system at Cooper’s Cave Ale Company in Glen Falls, NY. It is the first brewery in the state to install a Solar Thermal Hot Water Heating System.336×280 mixed

SunMaxx Solar engineers designed a custom system to facilitate the brew pub’s 280,000 gallon per year hot water demand. In a recent interview with, the brewery’s co-owner, Adrian Bethal, says the brew pub has not run out of water since the installation – a common problem for most breweries.

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SunMaxx Certified dealer, John Verba, owner of Holllitronics Energy Solutions, installed the system. It includes 10 panels of evacuated tubes, and a 325 gallon solar thermal tank.

Bethal says the system cost $25,000, and the state authority helped out with $15,000. These figures do not even include the 30% federal rebate for solar hot water system installations. The co-owner mentions his energy bills are now $200 lower than before the system was installed. Bethal states, “I figured two years will be my payoff point”.

The pub used the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Program (NYSERDA) – a program providing incentives to encourage businesses to change their existing hot water systems into solar thermal systems. NYSERDA representatives say the program has already provided incentives to 196 installations – over $1.7 million dollars. The program is funded through Dec. 31, 2015.

*For more information on the science behind solar thermal hot water systems, evacuated tubes, and solar hot water tanks, please contact Luciana Da Silva in SunMaxx Solar’s Marketing Department at 1877.786.6299 x255

SunMaxx Solar is an industry leader in the manufacture and distribution of turnkey solar thermal solutions for domestic hot water and space heating systems. For more information, please visit us online at You can also contact a solar thermal specialist at 1.877.786.6299.

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