Birmingham, AL -- May 25, 2021 -- Eagle Solar & Light, LLC (ESL) announced its installation at the Ferus Artisan Ales brewery, which will result in a 125.28 kilowatt rooftop system producing an estimated 168,000 kWh annually.
“We’re excited to be the first brewery in Alabama to offer solar-powered craft beers,” says Coby Lake, owner of Ferus Artisan Ales, based in Trussville. “The cost savings coupled with the opportunity to do the right thing for the planet made this project a no-brainer.”
When complete, the project will save the equivalent of 119 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. And the system is projected to save $20,000 in its first year alone, with increased savings as utility rates continue to climb.
According to the Brewer’s Association, between 12 and 22 kilowatt-hours of electricity are required to produce a single barrel of beer. That means that even smaller, microbreweries, which by definition can produce no more than 15,000 barrels per year, will consume between 180,000 and 330,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Ferus Artisan Ales team, and we applaud their vision and commitment to clean energy,” says Sam Yates, CEO of Eagle Solar & Light. “The project illustrates how solar can help small businesses save money, especially important on the heels of a pandemic. In addition, products created using renewable energy can be very attractive both to customers as well as resellers, which can help sales tremendously.”
According to a survey by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, demand for environmentally sustainable products and business practices grew by 61 percent during the pandemic, and 50 percent of brands and retailers expect that trend to continue. A Purdue study found 75% of beer consumers are willing to pay a premium for beverages brewed using environmentally sustainable practices.
“We hear that the Ferus Artisan Ales are among the best around. After days in the sun installing the panels, our team looks forward to celebrating by sampling some; a perk, you might say, of the job,” continued Yates.
About Eagle Solar & Light: Founded in early 2016 to equalize access to commercial and residential solar energy in the Southeast, Eagle Solar & Light (ESL) provides a full general contracting experience. We believe that individuals and businesses should have access to clean, abundant solar energy so they can save money and gain energy security, and we are working to bring those same opportunities to underserved and marginalized communities.
With certifications and achievements from the North American Board of Certified Electrical Practitioners and general contractor licensure in Alabama, George and North Carolina, our trade knowledge and training sets us apart. We constantly seek opportunities to educate our communities about solar energy and power a brighter tomorrow.
About Ferus Artisan Ales: We at Ferus Artisan Ales believe in creating amazing beers, from hoppy IPAs to hearty stouts. Our chef-curated eatery menu, outdoor entertainment, taproom, & event space combine to provide an unparalleled brewery & restaurant experience. www.ferusales.com