Responsible Solar Beer Brewing

 

Beer is typically made of 4 ingredients: water, barley, hops, and yeast. Here is something you did not know-90%of the ingredients in beer are water, which can’t be certified organic. 70% of a product needs to be organic for the certification.  To promote sustainability,  The Corner Brewery, located at 720 Norris St., is nearing completion on its $250,000 “Green Brewery Project” which includes solar-thermal, photovoltaic, and geo-thermal technologies along with other improvements such as new windows, awnings and energy-efficient chiller equipment.

The system being installed in Ypsilanti is completed and expected to provide almost all of Corner Brewery’s hot water needs and up to 15 percent of its electricity. This will save the brewery $20,000 a year, or nearly 50 percent of its energy bills.“We are the first brewery in Michigan to do this and when we wrap up Corner, that will be the biggest system east of Mississippi,” said Matt Greff. “It’s expensive being downtown so any way we can keep our expenses lower lets us be sustainable.” Instead of using air conditioning at the facility, it uses geothermal technology to keep the building at 55 degrees year round. Greff said he expects to save around $1,000 a month by not having an air conditioning bill.

The $95,000 Arbor Brewing Company project included a 2.4 solar photovoltaic array, 300 solar thermal collector tubes and a high efficiency tankless water heater system. They also switched to LED lighting in the facility. Everything being installed at the Ypsilanti location will have a seven-year payback, Greff said.“What we put on the roof was three portable solar panels that generate electricity, 10 solar thermal panels that heat water for the restaurant and brewery,” he said. “As of now, we’re going to get the majority of hot water for the restaurant and brewery from this.”“What we put on the roof was three portable solar panels that generate electricity, 10 solar thermal panels that heat water for the restaurant and brewery,” he said. “As of now, we’re going to get the majority of hot water for the restaurant and brewery from this.”

 

via Ann Arbor