Sierra Nevada Brewing Partners with SunPower for Installation Rebates

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Most of the energy used to make Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s beer comes from the company’s 1.9-megawatt solar array. Photo: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., in Chico, Calif., wants its customers to go solar.

It’s partnered with SunPower, which offers a 30-cent-per-watt rebate on residential photovoltaic (PV) installations contracted through participating SunPower dealers. The deal is capped at $1,500.

Beer is a purely natural product but brewing it requires a lot of hot water.

Sierra Nevada draws more than 80 percent of its energy from a 1.9-megawatt (MW) PV array backed up by a 1.2-MW fuel cell installation.

The system has been in full operation now for about two years. And the company recently announced a $10,000 grant to the American Solar Energy Society.

It’s good beer, by the way. Especially when you cool it in a solar-powered refrigerator.

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