Milwaukee Brewing Co. taps solar hot water heater

Milwaukee Brewing Co. will use a solar hot water heater to treat water prior to the brewing process.
Scott Paulus

Milwaukee Brewing Co. will use a solar hot water heater to treat water prior to the brewing process. 

Milwaukee Brewing Co. said Wednesday it will install a solar hot water system at its facility that is expected to help reduce its energy costs by 27 percent in the brewing process.

The project at the brewery in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, slated for early 2013, will include 28 solar panels to pre-heat water used in the brewing process, large solar storage tanks and controls from Caleffi Solar, whose North American headquarters is in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley.

The project is being funded in part by grants from Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy, from Me2, the city of Milwaukee’s energy efficiency program, and from Milwaukee Shines, the city’s solar program. Milwaukee Shines led efforts to coordinate the public and private partners in the project.

“The city’s energy programs were a great asset to help us save energy and increase our competitiveness,” said Jim McCabe, owner and founder of Milwaukee Brewing Co., in a written statement. “We hope our installation encourages others to make the investment as well.”

Other green practices at Milwaukee Brewing Co. include a boiler running on bio-diesel fuel, sending its used grain to Growing Power for composting and using local ingredients in its beer.

Read more in the Milawaukee Business Journal.

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