Maui Brewing Company Uses HOMER Pro to Achieve Grid Independence and Work Towards 100% Renewable Status
- Nov 21, 2019 11:57 pm GMT
Maui Brewing Company, Hawaii’s largest craft brewery, produces over 55,000 barrels of beer each year. Garrett Marrero, who co-founded the brewery with his wife Melanie Oxley in 2005, has always been an advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energy. He installed a solar lighting system in the parking lot himself and says that the company’s renewable energy goals are just “right for the environment.” But they are also part of a strategy to reduce the high cost of electricity - particularly demand charges - that were often topping $50,000 per month.
In an effort to meet its ambitious environmental goals, Maui Brewing Company has commissioned a hybrid renewable system that makes it “grid independent,” meaning that the system can operate without any grid electricity for the vast majority of the time, and it will not feed power back to the main utility grid. The brewery is connected to the main electric grid in the event of the need for backup power, or during poor solar production days; however, it is also capable of “islanding,” or shutting itself off from the grid indefinitely.
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