Another Colorado brewer, New Belgium, in recent weeks activated an 870-panel, 200-kilowatt solar array at its facility, which is tied into Fort Collins’ distributed energy program. The array will produce 16 percent of New Belgium’s peak electrical load and 3 percent of its total electrical energy use.
Odell’s solar array has 384 200-watt panels, covering about 11,000 square feet of roof space.
The system should produce about 111,000 kilowatt hours a year, or about 39 percent of the brewery’s on-site electricity needs, according to the Coloradoan.
Odell received a $50,000 grant from Fort Collins to help in the $410,000 project.
In addition to making beer, adding solar appears to be a favorite pastime of brewers.
In 2008, Anheuser-Busch set a goal to brew about one in seven beers, or over 5 billion 12.oz servings, with alternative energy by 2009 as part of its goal to run its U.S. operations on 15 percent renewable fuel by 2010.