All of Hale’s Ales (4301 Leary Way NW) beers will be green in the near future. No, they’re not treating every day like it’s St. Patrick’s Day. They don’t mean the color green, they mean the better-for-the-environment kind of green.
Hybrid solar technology company Net Zero Impact has begun installation of a hybrid solar-thermal system at Hale’s Ales, the company’s largest and most sophisticated solar project to date. The project kicked off this week with the dramatic lowering of a 1,200-gallon storage tank through a temporary opening in the brewery’s roof.
The new solar-thermal investment is one of several sustainable initiatives Hale’s Ales has implemented. Other “green” efforts include use of high-efficiency light bulbs throughout the 17,000 square foot facility and “smart” technology to manage the building’s lights and heating/cooling systems.
The Net Zero Impact system, replacing the inefficient gas-fueled steam boiler, includes 480 solar thermal tubes, a one million British Thermal unit (MBtu) steam boiler, a one MBtu high-efficiency hot water boiler, a 1,200-gallon water storage tank, heat exchangers and programmable controllers for all pump delivery systems.
“We’ve spent 27 years serving the community with the very best hand-crafted beers possible and making our operations greener is just another way of giving back to our community,” said Mike Hale, founder and president of Hale’s Ales. “Net Zero Impact’s experience working with breweries, exceptional warranty and ability to implement an extremely complex design made it an easy choice to work with the company.”
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