The Milwaukee Brewing Co. is seeking new ways to expand its eco-friendly practices.
After implementing a program to heat water from a biodiesel-run boiler operating from used cooking grease, and creating a program which composts used grain, the brewery is set to become the first in Milwaukee to use solar energy.
In early 2013 the brewery will install a 28-panel system that will preheat water for the brewery, saving about 27 percent in energy costs during the brewing process.
Milwaukee Shines, the city of Milwaukee’s solar program, assisted the brewery in finding partners for the project. Grants were provided by Me2, Milwaukee Shines, and the state’s Focus on Energy. The panels will be made by Caleffi Solar of Milwaukee. Business owner Jim McCabe hopes the installation will encourage other businesses to make the investment in solar energy, and is setting up interactive displays at the brewery describing the process.
Milwaukee Brewing Co. is a craft beer brewery established in 1996. It is a microbrewery using local ingredients and hands-on brewing techniques. To learn more about the brewery, visit its website at www.mkebrewing.com. And if the company needs help in naming any new beers, I have two names to consider: Thermal Buzz and Milwaukee Sun.
Let’s all raise a glass to solar energy!
Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He was obviously on a Thermal Buzz while writing this blog.