New London, United States — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 28 January 2011 – In addition to water, malt, hops, and yeast, brews at the Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille are getting a new ingredient “’ solar power “’ as the well-known establishment becomes the first solar-powered brewery and pub in New Hampshire.
Construction will soon be underway on a 126-panel solar electric system from groSolar “’ a national solar company that has been installing solar for more than a decade in New England. When completed, the solar panels will be in full view of the pub’s main dining room, along with expansive views of Mount Kearsarge.
groSolar was one of five companies bidding on the project.
Flying Goose owner Tom Mills said: “The hard part was choosing one from the five companies, all of which gave good, qualified proposals.” The installation will lower the Flying Goose’s rising US$24 000 annual electric bill by 25% with an expected Return on Investment (ROI) of five to eight years.
The solar installation is only part of the brewpub’s US$250 000 renewable energy investment, which includes air sealing, insulation, kitchen air balancing, lighting, and compressor motor upgrades. The Flying Goose also just completed a 25-panel solar hot water installation.
A 30% federal cash grant and New Hampshire State rebates were the motivation for Mills to make the investment, which he funded with a business loan from his bank. “The environmental benefit is significant, but we would not be making a US$250 000 investment unless it made good business sense,” said Mills.
Mills also plans to use his investment as an educational tool by working with the installation companies to offer solar education seminars, and providing a kiosk that shows the real-time performance of the solar power systems that will incorporate a feature provided by groSolar called “groEnergy Watch.”
groSolar CEO Jeff Wolfe said: “We look forward to a long-term partnership with Tom and his management team to help educate businesses and homeowners in the Upper Valley and across New Hampshire about the benefits of going solar.”