By Andy Young, TheShout
Independent craft brewer, Stomping Ground Brewing Co, is joining a small but growing band of breweries in Victoria who are installing solar panels.
The installation will see 357 solar panels fitted, which will generate 130,000kWh a year – enough energy to power 20 homes – and brewery Director Guy Greenstone said the move was a significant step to achieving the company’s sustainability goals.
“At Stomping Ground, we already use a rainwater irrigation system, recycle our spent grain, use biodegradable eco straws and have our wine delivered direct into barrels so installing a solar system is another big step towards becoming as sustainable and environmentally-friendly as possible,” Greenstone said.
“It also helps that this will reduce our energy costs as running a brewery is a very energy intensive operation.
“We’re extremely passionate about the products we produce and know that many of our customers share our commitment to environmental sustainability.
“Beon Energy Solutions also shares the same of kind of passion for their business and customers which is why we chose them to install the panels.”
The installation is underway and set for competition end of February 2018, and to help Stomping Ground sought assistance from the Yarra Energy Foundation, an independent organisation that works with households, businesses, community groups and governments to guide them through the transition to solar energy.