Savannah warehouse going solar

solarpanelsThe beverage industry has been out front on adoption of solar power. Many of our brewers and winemakers have successfully converted part, if not all, of their electric consumption to solar. We’ve joined the move to clean energy and installed these panels on the rooftop of the Savannah offices and warehouse just over a month ago. For now, the array provides a significant offset of electric costs — and we’ve still got plenty of sunlit roof left for expansion.

This installation produces 113 kW from 342 solar panels. That will generate an average of 169,000 kWh annually. That’s great news when it comes to the electric bill — but even more significant when environmental aspects are considered. This installation will offset 119 metric tons of carbon annually. How much carbon is that? It is equivalent to:

  • 25 vehicles driven for one year
  • OR 13,300 gallons of gas driven
  • OR 17 homes electricity use for one year

Several of the breweries represented by Savannah Distributing Co. rank in the Top 50 solar-powered breweries. According to the website, the Lagunitas Brewing Co. site under construction in Petaluma, CA, will land 5th on the list when construction is complete. The facility’s 6,000 solar panels will provide 50 percent of electric power needs.

Highland Brewing Co., of Asheville, NC, lands 13th on the list with its 1,045 panels. Stone Brewery lands right behind at 14th, producing 312 kW of power to Highland’s 324 kW.

Ranking among the remaining Top 50 are Anderson Valley Brewing Co. and North Coast Brewing.