Moon Dog Brewing installs solar system

Thursday, 21 January, 2021 | Supplied by: FIMER Australia

Operating since 2010, Moon Dog Brewing is an independent, Australian-owned craft brewery based out of Melbourne. Environmental sustainability is one its a core business values, so when the Moon Dog team was opening its new brewery/pub — Moon Dog World — in October 2019, they looked at ways to reduce its carbon footprint.

Energis was selected to design a solar system that would reduce reliance on using energy from the grid and lower energy costs. In early 2020, Energis designed, installed and commissioned a 99.85 kW rooftop-mounted solar system using 317 solar panels with just one of FIMER’s PVS-100 inverters.

Raman Chhabra, Director of Energis, said: “We chose FIMER for this installation because their inverters have a good track record in terms of reliability, technical support and energy production, in both commercial and residential projects for us. The specific inverter, the PVS-100, was also especially suited for the string sizing and other site-specific requirements for this project.”

The FIMER PVS-100 high-powered string inverter has dual-stage topology enabling greater energy production, which can help users save money over the lifetime of the system, thus enabling a faster ROI. The solution is easy to install and commission with plug-and-play componentry, enabling faster installation times to meet project deadlines.

The entire solar plant can be remotely monitored using FIMER’s Aurora Vision monitoring solution.

Karl Van Buuren, Moon Dog co-founder, said: “Our site, like many other food and beverage sites, is power-hungry; we have boilers, chill units and big packaging lines. Using FIMER’s monitoring solution allows us to see how much our solar is producing, which helps offset the large energy-using equipment onsite. We can see what time of day we are generating the most solar energy, plus see reporting on how much we are producing and consuming on a month-to-month basis.”

Since its installation and commissioning, Moon Dog Brewing has generated over 110 MWh, saving approximately 20 tonnes of CO2 emissions each month.

Moon Dog’s solar system inspired the company to release a limited-edition solar beer in 2020, named ‘the future is bright’ — a solar-powered IPA (India pale ale), which was reported to be a favourite of the Australian FIMER team while it was in stock.

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