Sierra Nevada Brewery is famous for producing a range of delicious full-flavored beers that satisfy almost every palate. With its roots in beautiful Northern California, Sierra Nevada takes the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” seriously, and has proven itself as an environmentally sustainable enterprise that is always searching for new ways to lower its carbon footprint.
Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Sierra Nevada’s new Mills River, N.C. brewery recently added 2,030 KD320 Kyocera solar modules to the rooftop of its packaging center and warehouse, installed by Sundance Power Systems, Inc., of Asheville, N.C. The system will produce 650kW of DC power.
That 650kW is the first phase of the solar energy project at the North Carolina brewery site. As construction continues, additional solar installations will cover the parking lot, bringing total solar energy production potential to 710 kilowatts of DC power—enough electricity to power dozens of average American homes.
Brewing is energy-intensive; it takes a lot of resources to heat, chill and transfer large amounts of liquids. Sierra Nevada is mindful of using resources wisely to minimize its burden on the environment. Kyocera and Sundance Power Systems say “Cheers!” to Sierra Nevada for enhancing its sustainability through the renewable energy of the sun.
More details to come Fall 2014. To view a video, go HERE.