Residential Solar Project of the Year 2020: Villa Residence and Home Brewery | #Verdafero #SolarPower # # | The 2020 Residential Solar Project of the Year, as voted on by the readers of Solar Builder, is the Villa Residence and Home Brewery, located in Arvada, Colo. It belongs to Keith and Jodi Villa, co-owners of Donovan Brewing. Keith also created Blue Moon once upon a time, so yeah, this isn’t just any home brewing setup (CHRIS CROWELL)
“The outbuilding already existed. All we needed to do was purchase the brewing equipment and upgrade utilities and we were producing great tasting craft beers. We soon learned, however, that a 3-hp glycol chiller used to keep jacketed fermentation tanks cool demands a lot of electricity. We also found out that the walk-in cooler we installed for finished keg storage also requires a lot of electricity. That is why we decided to take advantage of the endless Colorado sunshine and produce our own power using photovoltaic solar panels,” says Villa.