Colorado State University (CSU) may soon be home to higher education's largest solar energy installation.
California wineries have been abuzz with solar installations for a few years now, but it's not too often we see a brewery pop up on the radar. Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing Co.'s 200 kw solar array today went live, making it the largest privately owned, on-site solar installation in Colorado. The 870 solar panels will provide an estimated 13 percent of the brewery and packaging facility's peak power demand. The energy savings will be significant, but the brewery--which purchases wind power and uses on-site methane for heat and electricity--says it was partly pursuing solar for the greater good: