Solar Power and Beer? We’ll Drink To That!


A California brewery is seeking energy self-sufficiency through a combination of solar power and fuel cells.

The Paradise Post daily newspaper reports the Sierra Nevada Brewery will achieve complete energy self-sufficiency by the end of September. The main thrust of this project has been the installation of four fuel cells that currently maintains three-quarters of the brewery's power.

The remaining 25% of the brewery's self-generating power will come from the installation of new solar panels, which should be in place by the end of the month. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the California utility, will provide a refund for installation costs to the brewery through its Self-Generation Incentive Program once all of the technology is installed and fully operational.

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