Short's Brewery gets "greener" with solar panels

Short's Brewery installs solar panels

Brewery business is booming and now Short's Brewery in Elk Rapids is taking a new step in creating an environmentally friendly factor.

The brewery had a ribbon cutting to celebrate more than 140 new solar panels on top its production facilities.

They also were given a check from the USDA for more than $35,000 that will go toward the project.

US Senator Debbie Stabenow and community leaders were on hand supporting the move to solar power.

The panels, from CBS solar, will help power 7 percent of the energy used each year at the building.

"I think it's super cool I think a lot of people in the state of Michigan are going to appreciate that we are a green energy provider now," said Short's Brewery Quality Director Tyler Glaze. "Which is kind of neat were not only providing energy for us but on the days that we don't have a production a lot of the energy is going to go back into the grid which is very cool."

Shorts Brewery officials say the new panels will allow them to have a clean and sustainable energy source for the next 25 years.

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