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The Alchemist taps solar for its brewing operations

Posted by AllEarth Renewables on Nov 4, 2015 10:58:16 AM in 2015

Waterbury, Vt. - November 4, 2015

The Alchemist, the Vermont maker of Heady Topper, is getting a boost from the local sun to green its brewing operations. Innovative Vermont-made solar trackers are now providing emissions free solar energy for the Alchemist's brewery, maker of world renowned Heady Topper, in Waterbury, Vt.

AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont-based solar tracker manufacturer and developer of solar projects, and the Alchemist have announced a partnership that will provide the brewery solar energy from a portion of a 150kW Vermont solar orchard.

The new solar project will provide nearly 100 percent of the energy the Waterbury brewery needs annually with emissions free, net metered solar and provide the company long-term annual savings on its electric bill.

The Alchemist, of Waterbury, Vt. recently joined the Ceres Brewery Climate Challenge, committing to reduce its green house gas emissions and join the call for substantive climate action. The initiative emphasizes "using less energy, choosing clean energy, and investing in new technologies," and that environmental stewardship and successful business goes hand-in-hand.

"We saw first-hand the effects of climate instability when we got flooded out of our own brewery during Tropical Storm Irene. We are committed to our customers not only to brew the best quality beers we can, but to take leadership in addressing our climate challenges. Through this partnership, we can do this and save money in our business operations," said Alchemist co-owner Jen Kimmich.

In addition to the new solar commitment, The Alchemist's Waterbury cannery has increased its composting and side streaming program to reduce its waste.

At a new energy efficient facility and visitors center the brewery is constructing in Stowe, Vt., The Alchemist is installing cutting edge technology to reclaim and re-use all of the CO2 the brewery will produce and they are installing an innovative water treatment facility to minimize the strength of their wastewater.

The 150kW system in Bethel, Vt. is hosted on Michael and Amy Manning's land who plan to plant clover around the solar array for forage for honey bees.  Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) will remain with the project.

"We have always wanted our land to help support itself and these projects are good for the community," said Michael Manning. "We're proud to have this in our backyard."

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Alchemist to provide locally-produced solar power for their top-ranked beer. Their decision’s to go solar sends a strong message about their values as a company and commitment to both the Vermont economy and taking leadership to address our energy challenges," added David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables.

About the Alchemist

The Alchemist is a small family run brewery specializing in fresh, unfiltered IPA.  Jen and John Kimmich co-founded The Alchemist, originally as a brew pub, in the village of Waterbury, Vt. in 2003.  Today, the couple employs a staff of 24 and they produce and distribute 9,000 barrels of their flagship beer, Heady Topper, per year.  Their second brewery and visitors center will open in Stowe, Vt. in late spring of 2016.

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