Solar hot water for breweries and wineries

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Renewable energy in its many forms can provide solutions for homes and businesses alike. Domestic solar hot water can prove to be a great way of easing the pressure of mounting monthly power and water heating bills, but for businesses, the impact of switching to a commercial solar hot water system can be even greater.

The duality of solar hot water means that it is not only a money-saving device, it is also a the solution of choice for businesses thinking ahead for a sustainable future by lessening their operation’s carbon footprint.

The multi-talented solar hot water system 

While solar hot water can be a useful solution for any business – from restaurants and cafes who rely on hot water in their kitchens to tradies and accommodation providers – where it really comes into its own is in industrial, or production use.

We’ve previously discussed the benefit that solar water can provide for dairy farmers, cutting both carbon emissions and electricity costs significantly, whilst not compromising on functionality.

This time we’re taking a look at winemakers and breweries, two great Australian industries, and how solar hot water can influence the way they run.

A simple solution for greener breweries and winemakers

“For a winery looking to become more sustainable, save money and reduce its carbon footprint, installing a solar hot water system might be a good place to start,” said Paul Franson of Wine Business Monthly.

“It allows the winery to use ‘free’ environmentally friendly solar power at a lower installation cost and quicker return on investment than photovoltaic panels (‘solar panels’) and systems to generate electricity.”

With the unpredictable nature of fluctuating gas prices, installing a commercial solar hot water system could prove to be the logical next step for breweries and wineries across Australia.

For smaller establishments whose annual turnover is less than $2 million, there is also the possibility that you will be able to claim back money spent on equipment through the government’s new accelerated depreciation scheme.

Brought into effect with the 2015 Federal Budget, it’s estimated 780,000 small businesses will be eligible to access this fantastic incentive. Greatly increased from the previous system, you can now claim on non-stock item assets up to the value of $20,000. You can find out more by reading our Federal Budget blog post.

A match made in vino heaven 

Solar hot water was put to the test at the De Bertoli winery in Griffith, New South Wales, where Apricus installed over 3,000 evacuated solar tubes as part of the largest winery solar thermal plant in the country.

“De Bortoli Wines were looking to expand their bottling lines to keep up with increased demand,” said Bryan Moss, Apricus Australia’s Commercial Manager.

“This was seen as an opportunity to not only increase efficiency of the production line, but also design the new plant with energy efficiency in mind to reduce their overall energy usage.”

The solar hot water tubes were the perfect fit for the winery, dramatically reducing their gas consumption.

Why should you choose Apricus if you’re a brewer or wine maker?

With Apricus, you know that you’re in good hands. All our systems are hurricane rated and frost protected, with passive sun tracking technology to ensure that you’ll have access to hot water whatever the weather.

We’ve installed over 30,000 systems across Australia, each and every one coming with our industry-leading warranty. So if you believe your business could stand to benefit from a solar hot water solution, talk to the team at Apricus today.