Brewing is a high-octane activity in power terms, with the average barrel of beer taking between 50 to 66 kWh to make, according to the Brewer’s Association. The Sawmill Brewery team approached ZEN Energy to investigate their options in solar power generation, primarily to offset this high electricity usage.
"Building a sustainable brewery operation is fundamental to us. We wanted a brewery our customers, community and team could be proud of. Our electricity usage was a concern (brewing being an energy-intensive activity), so we investigated the use of solar panels for power.”
Following an investigation by the ZEN Energy team, work began in October 2018 on a solar energy system tailored to their specific needs and industrial requirements: a16.2kW system, made up of more than four dozen LONGi solar panels and a paired Huawei solar inverter.
“We are generating even more solar power than we expected, resulting in real savings, and have had excellent feedback from visitors to the brewery.”
“For our team it is gratifying to take this huge step forward in being a business that has a positive impact on its environment. We are all about independence and resourcefulness at Sawmill and ZEN Energy have been immensely supportive of this."
With its newly installed solar power system, the Sawmill Brewery premises was able to save $3,500 a year, as well as grow their brand as an environmentally conscious retailer and restaurant among their New Zealand audience.