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Similarities Between Beer and Solar Energy

Solar Beer?

While reading that title might leave you scratching your head and wondering how on earth there is any correlation between beer and solar energy, they actually have more in common than you may think!

Locally Produced Beer (and electricity) has Its Advantages

Let’s face it, microbreweries produce a beer that tastes better than larger industrial breweries. This has increased their popularity and caused the number of microbreweries to multiply in towns and cities across the nation.

Solar rooftop numbers have also increased at a similar rate which indicates that they have another important factor in common with microbreweries – the production and the jobs stay local. Local production of beer means fewer resources and less energy are consumed during distribution and transportation. Keeping the production of electricity local has similar benefits. Generating power locally ensures that less of it is wasted. 6% of the total amount of electricity that is passed through the US grid disappears into thin air. While this may not sound like much, it equates to more net electricity than is generated for the state of California!

By installing solar panels on your roof, power has a direct path to your home. This not only means less wasted power but huge money savings for you.

Too Much C02 Can Be Dangerous

Often when beer is being brewed, it can become over-carbonated. This not only affects the overall feel and taste of the beer, it can be downright dangerous. Homebrewed beer is usually carbonated by adding small amounts of sugar to the bottle. If too much sugar is added or the beer is bottled before the fermentation process is finished, the yeast can produce too much carbon dioxide and cause the bottle to explode.

The same concept is relevant when it comes to the world’s energy. With the effects of global warming becoming more prevalent, CO2 levels are increasing. Solar power helps by reducing the CO2 levels from the electric grid and providing a cleaner source of energy.

Consumers Know What They Want

Options are important when it comes to choices in beer. Some people may want the smooth crisp taste of ale, while others may prefer the richness of a stout.

The same can be said for energy choices. Surveys have shown that consumers want more options from their electricity suppliers and solar panels allow them to be more independent while also allowing them to do their bit in helping the environment.

Germans Are Great Teachers

The beer market in Germany is in a class all of its own. With nearly 1000 years of experience in brewing, it’s pretty safe to say they know what they are doing.

Producing 65% more beer per capita than the US in 2013 alone, Germany also has a higher number of solar panel installations due to their innovative energy saving policies, which were introduced in 1990. These days, solar power equates to roughly 7.5 percent of the total net energy consumption in Germany – giving them one of the biggest shares in the world.

Good News Spreads Fast

Just like a good beer being handed around at a party, the number of people using solar power has also begun to have a wide reach. Word of mouth spreads like wildfire and when people learn about the money they can save by installing solar panels, they are only too happy to investigate their options further.

You Can Make It Yourself

Nothing quite beats the satisfaction of knowing that the cold beer sitting in your fridge has been made in the comfort of your own home. The same can be said for energy. The only difference is, energy is a whole lot easier to make – and it can save you more money in the long run!

If you are wanting to slash your bills by at least 50 percent, give Solar 360 a call. We’ll answer all of your questions and get you started down the road to solar power freedom.