The beer at one of Maine' s top breweries just got a little sweeter thanks to two innovative solar trackers now powering the brewery and tasting room for The Maine Beer Company, in Freeport, Maine.
Freeport, ME, July 15, 2015 - The beer at one of Maine' s top breweries just got a little sweeter thanks to two innovative solar trackers now powering the brewery and tasting room for The Maine Beer Company, in Freeport, Maine.
The 55.12kW solar project will help offset the electrical bills of Maine Beer Company, which brews 13 beer varieties from its headquarters on Rt. 1 in Freeport and ships to distributors in 10 states.
Maine Beer Company lives by their official slogan to "do what's right." This solar array will offset approximately 50 percent of the brewery's total electric energy usage.
The project incorporated American-made AllEarth Solar Trackers, which track the sun throughout the day to maximize energy production, along with a rooftop array. The ground-mounted pre-engineered solar trackers are designed for residential and commercial-scale installations and are manufactured in Williston, Vt. by AllEarth Renewables.
AllEarth Solar Trackers produce over 30 percent more energy than fix ground-mounted systems and up to 45 percent more energy than rooftop systems per kilowatt installed.
The project was installed by Assured Solar Energy, a solar design and installation company since 2006, located in North Yarmouth, Maine.
"We were excited to supply innovative, American-made solar trackers for this project, a solar solution that will produce more energy from the sun and give our customer greater long-term energy savings," said Rob Taisey, president of Assured Solar Energy. "In addition to producing more energy to meet their electric demand, the Beer Company liked that the solar trackers would be a visible statement of their renewable energy commitment."
"We are thrilled about Maine Beer Company's commitment to going solar and that they wanted to make the statement to their customers, and get the solar energy boost, from two of our locally made solar trackers," said David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables.
In addition to the Vermont manufactured solar trackers, the project utilized 164 REC 260 Watt solar panels, 94 SolarEdge Power Optimizers and 3 Solaredge AC Inverters.
Assured Solar Energy is working with Maine Beer Company to manage its overall energy usage and reduce demand charges through a combination of demand management, additional renewable energy, stored energy, and possibly distributed generation using micro combined heat and power. Their use of innovative SolarEdge technology will give them opportunities for future demand side management with the innovative, energy savvy brewing company.
About Assured Solar Energy
Assured Solar Energy is a solar design and installation company serving homeowners and businesses in Maine. Assured Solar Energy specializes in both grid-connected and off-grid photovoltaic systems.
About AllEarth Renewables / AllEarth Solar Trackers
AllEarth Renewables, headquartered in Williston, Vt., manufactures the AllEarth Solar Tracker, a dual-axis solar tracker that uses innovative GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day, producing up to 45 percent more energy than rooftop solar. The company has manufactured and installed over 3,000 solar tracker systems to date. Among its product awards, the dual axis tracker was named a "Top-10 Green Product" by BuildingGreen magazine and "Top Product of the Year" by Solar Power World. The company's ground-mounted, pre-engineered solar trackers are designed for residential and commercial-scale installations. For more visit, www.allearthrenewables.com
Rob Taisey, Assured Solar Energy
Andrew Savage, AllEarth Renewables