Solar Profile: Wise Man Brewing
This Winston-Salem brewery made a big commitment in 2017, when it announced something no other production brewery in the Triad had up to that point: Wise Man Brewing was going solar.
They made the choice partly to address electricity costs, which can be substantial in making beer. The vital stats are: 34-kiloWatt solar system, will offset a majority of the brewery’s future power bills, and generated news coverage on Spectrum Cable and in the Triad Business Journal.
The solar system sends a message as Wise Man Co-Founder Jason Morehead puts it, “We have always had a focus on sustainability. Now that we’re up and running, we’ve been able to take a step back and focus more on our footprint. Anyone who has been to our taproom knows that community is core to Wise Man’s culture. Being an environmentally friendly brewery is central to being a good neighbor and responsible business.”
Wise Man’s taproom and production facility are housed in an historic building. As they adapted the space, the renovation included energy efficiency upgrades – the new roof is handy for the solar system – and insulation, LED lights, high-efficiency water taps.
The customer foresees projected savings on monthly operating costs thanks to the efficiency measures combined with solar, according to advanced software programs used during the consultation process for the solar installation. There are community benefits too, like easing grid congestion and enhancing resilience of the energy system.