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Brewing beer with sun, wind and a bit of cogeneration

Given the energy and water used to create beer, brewers are continually looking for new ways to lower their footprint. At Boonville, California’s Anderson Valley Brewing Company they installed 786 solar panels to cover two-fifths of their energy consumption. They also use: wind power, cogeneration through a heat exchanger, a multi-stage compressor unit for refrigeration.

In this video, the brewery’s operations engineer Ron DeWitt talked to faircompanies tech advisor Erik Frye about their energy generation and what their recycling efforts, both of spent grain and yeast and secondhand manufacturing equipment.