Lawson’s Finest Liquids Becomes Industry’s Latest Solar-Powered Brewery and Location of Vermont’s Largest Solar Canopy
WAITSFIELD, Vermont – Lawson’s Finest Liquids announced today that construction of the largest solar canopy in the state of Vermont is now complete at the company’s brewery and tasting room in Waitsfield. Built by SunCommon, an iSun company and industry leader providing solar power solutions in Vermont and New York since 2012, the structure features 495 individual solar modules (REC 375W) installed above 40 covered parking spaces and 10 level two electric vehicle charging stations.
The project, built throughout 2021 and early 2022, represents Lawson’s Finest Liquids latest investment in sustainable practices. The company prioritizes reducing its environmental impact as part of its Green is Grand initiative under the Social Impact Program (SIP). They first installed Brewery solar panels in 2019, an independent wastewater management system in 2018, and they partner with local businesses to responsibly recycle spent grain and by-products.
“When my wife Karen and I started Lawson’s Finest, values were central to what we wanted our business to be,” said Sean Lawson, CEO and founding brewer of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. “From the beginning, we have strived to be the best, to find the best ingredients, to invest in state-of-the-art equipment, to brew the best beer possible and to cultivate healthy and vibrant communities. This is why our sustainability efforts and efforts to power our brewery with renewable energy are so important to us.
Prior to the installation of the new solar canopy, Lawson’s Finest Liquids generated approximately 10% of its energy needs from the existing solar panels on the brewery’s roof. With the addition of the new solar panel generating 215kW from 495 modules, approximately 60% of Waitsfield Brewery’s operations will be powered by solar energy. In beer terms, this means that approximately 2.4 million cans of Lawson’s Finest beers per year will be produced using solar energy.
“Companies like Lawson show us that it’s possible to deliver great products, grow at meaningful scale, and generate financial success while creating an increasingly positive impact on the communities where Vermonters live and work. “Said Duane Peterson, co-founder of SunCommon, “We are thrilled to partner with Lawson’s to further develop their sustainable practices. Now we can all enjoy a ‘Sip of the Sun’ in so many ways!”
To celebrate the completion of the parking lot canopy and its continued dedication to sustainability and green energy, Lawson’s Finest Liquids will host an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Waitsfield Brewery and Taproom at 155 Carroll Rd in Waitsfield, VT. The event will fittingly take place on Earth Day, April 22, from 10-11 a.m., with Vermont’s renewable energy leaders in attendance to celebrate Lawson’s Finest Solar Power Expansion. The event is open to the public.
ABOUT LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS
Based in Waitsfield, Vermont, Lawson’s Finest Liquids brews exceptionally fresh, high-quality, and great-tasting beers. The brewery is a values-driven company with a commitment to excellence, innovation, sustainability and fun – supporting healthy and vibrant communities through our social impact program. Founded in 2008 by Sean and Karen Lawson, the company offers a growing collection of craft beers, including the famous Sip of Sunshine IPA. Originally a highly acclaimed small-batch brewery, Lawson’s Finest has grown to be distributed in nine states in the Northeastern United States. In 2018, Lawson’s Finest opened its doors to the public, welcoming fans to a popular brewery, tavern and outlet in the town of Waitsfield in central Vermont’s Mad River Valley.
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