08 Aug Fogtown Installs Solar Array
ELLSWORTH — The sunny, (very) warm weather may have resulted in a few hot and cranky residents, but it’s been great for one thing: testing solar panels on the roof of Fogtown Brewing Co. that were installed last week.
The panels, installed by Sundog Solar, are expected to provide roughly 73 percent of the brewery’s energy needs, said co-owner Jon Stein.
“Most of our energy goes into refrigeration costs, which increase in the summer for obvious reasons,” Stein said.
The company’s biggest energy draws are its two walk-in coolers, said Stein, used to keep the beer cans and kegs cold.
“We also have a compressor that chills a glycol coolant, which we use to cool our beer during fermentation and conditioning.”
Fogtown got a $9,750 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this year to help offset the cost of installing the 57 panels.
In a press release in mid-June, the department said Fogtown’s 17.4-kilowatt array was expected to provide 20,768-kilowatt-hours of energy and $3,634 in savings every year.
Fogtown was not the only company to benefit from the grant, which was administered through the Rural Energy for America Program. The program gave a total of $156,000 in funds to 11 organizations for the installation of renewable energy systems.
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