Big Energy Efficiency Changes Are ‘Brewing’ in the Beer and Wine Industries

To achieve greater energy efficiency, Sierra Nevada Brewing has installed a 1-MWh commercial-scale Tesla Powerpack battery system and a 2-MW solar array at its Chico, California, plant, according to a January 17 report by the online fanzine Teslarati.

The plan is to reduce costs for the U.S. brewery by shifting energy consumption away from periods of high demand, when the cost of electricity is highest.

The multi-unit Tesla Powerpack battery system, combined with a solar array comprising 10,751 panels, is helping Sierra Nevada store energy for use at predictable times of peak consumption during the brewing process

The company believes that the new equipment will allow the brewery to offset 20 percent of its annual electricity consumption.

Indeed, big changes already are brewing in the industry, according to Tesla spokesperson Alexis Georgeson, who told the news outlet that Maui Brewing in Hawaii is in the process of installing an energy storage system comprising  Tesla Powerpack batteries and solar-generated electricity.

The new system will be used to store solar-generated power for use overnight – and most of the time the facility will be able to generate all of its own power, according to a January 17 report by The Verge.

Finally, according to a 2015 report by the industry publication, Wines&Vines, more than 100 California wine producers are identified in public records as having installed solar arrays.

And they are not newbies to renewable energy. Fetzer Vineyards in Mendocino County, California, has been operating on 100 percent renewable energy since 1999. This is through a 911-kW photovoltaic system and another 4- kW photovoltaic system, with the remaining energy purchased from a direct-access provider that supplies energy from wind turbines

Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, says that in 2004 it became the first winery in the United States to use 100 percent solar power.

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