The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille receives about 766,000 kWh of free energy annually, delivered by the sun to its 3.1 acres at the Four Corners in New London. It was only just recently, however, that we discovered that the time was right to begin harvesting the sun’s free resource. Various incentive programs and lower prices on solar systems created an opportunity that combined to make really good sense to begin harvesting the sun’s irradiance to help power the our operations.
Currently, we are offsetting about half of the fuel used to heat our hot water thanks to the new solar hot water collectors mounted on the roof over the dining room. They will contribute about 100 million BTUs of heat annually! (a “BTU” or a British Thermal Unit is the amount of energy required to heat a pound of water by 1 degree fahrenheit).
In addition, we completed a solar photovoltaic (“PV”) array near the hops garden, just outside the dining room windows. The PV system will generate about 30% of the electricity used by the Brew Pub each year. Friday, November 16th, 2012 marked the 1 year anniversary of our Solar Array installation. In it’s first year of operation, our system produced 60 MWh of energy! That’s 120% of what was originally projected. To Date, we have offset our carbon footprint by over 100 tons – that is comparable to NINE acres of trees!
The options are endless as we continue to discover new ways to lessen our carbon footprint. During the summer of 2012, we replaced our propane-fired boiler with a MESys AutoPellet fully-automatic wood pellet boiler. The boiler will displace approximately 6,450 gallons of propane each year and will result in an annual fuel cost savings of more than $7,100.
To explore whether solar makes sense for your home or business, we recommend that you reach out to our friends at Avid Solar LLC who helped us with the design, financing and installation of both our solar hot water and solar PV systems.
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