California Brewery Goes Solar

Bear Republic Brewery goes solar

OK, so it is the Friday before the last long weekend of the summer here in North America, and we just couldn’t resist posting some news about a brewery going solar!

An Enphase®-equipped photovoltaic (PV) system was installed at Bear Republic Brewing Co.’s Cloverdale, Califonia facility. Both the 30.2 kilowatt (KW) rooftop solar array and a second, soon-to-be-installed 136.6 KW canopy system feature Enphase M250 American Pride Microinverters assembled in Milpitas, California.

“We raise a toast to Bear Republic’s decision to go solar and to work with fellow homegrown American success stories such as Enphase and North State Solar,” said Paul Nahi, CEO of Enphase. “A commitment to quality and sustainability drives all three companies, and we look forward to helping reduce Bear Republic’s energy bill and carbon footprint.”

The solar project is part of a sustainability initiative for Bear Republic, which is also implementing technology to treat wastewater from the brewing process while capturing electricity and heat that goes straight back into the production process.

“We chose Enphase microinverter systems over string inverters because the design increases overall energy output,” said Peter Kruger, master brewer at Bear Republic. “If one part of the system suffers a drop in production, there’s no effect on the other parts of the system.”

Cheers!

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