In total, 44 breweries competed across the three categories. Sponsored by BrewSavor by NewAge Industries, a solar-powered manufacturer of fluid transfer systems used in the brewing process, Brews from the Sun brought together solar and craft beer enthusiasts from around the country.
Maui Brewing Company of Hawaii placed first in the regional brewery category. Mad Mole Brewing of North Carolina won in the microbrewery category. Canal Park Brewing Company of Minnesota took the crown in the brewpub category.
Solar accounts for more than 80% of Maui Brewing’s electricity needs. By the end of the year they plan to be 100% powered by solar. Maui employs solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems to provide electricity and hot water to brew the company’s beer. Maui Brewing’s 1.2 MW system was installed in 2017. They recently added battery storage to help achieve their goal of becoming grid-independent by the end of 2019.
Mad Mole Brewing
Mad Mole is Wilmington, North Carolina’s only solar-powered brewery. After opening the brewery in 2018, the owners didn’t waste time installing a 22 kW system to power the production of their beer.
Canal Park Brewing
Canal Park Brewing Company is new to solar, having their 16 kW system installed this year. Even before going solar, the company demonstrated its environmental commitment by offering biodegradable straws and composting all of its food waste.
Solar United Neighbors is a national non-profit organization that empowers people to go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. It helps thousands of people go solar every year through bulk purchases known as “solar co-ops” as well as through a paid membership program. Members receive on-going support for their solar system, discounts to businesses that have solar, and join a community of solar supporters to ensure their investment in solar is protected.
BrewSavor by NewAge Industries offers fluid transfer solutions for every step of the beer brewing process. Tubing and hose are engineered for both low and high temperature applications involving craft and home brewing.
More than 13,000 votes were cast during the six-week competition by craft beer enthusiasts and solar energy supporters from around the country.