Bellavance Beverage Co., a leading New Hampshire beer retailer, will soon be powered by 3,088 solar panels, the largest rooftop solar array in New Hampshire. The 1.16 MW system will offset more than 100% of the company’s annual electricity needs while reducing costs and carbon footprint. The family-run Bellavance Beverage Co. toasted the solar system with a socially distant “Solar Oktoberfest”, which offers traditional German cuisine and tours through the 115,000 square meter solar roof with a view of the Manchester-Boston regional airport. The array is said to produce 1,321,541 kWh of clean electricity annually – enough to offset 1.4 million pounds of CO2 emissions or brew 77,000 barrels of German beer a year.
Joe Bellavance IV, President of Bellavance Beverage Co., made a few comments: “Our decision to invest in solar was actually pretty easy. I was introduced to Dan and Revision through a project for the City of Nashua and that got the ball rolling. Lessons from previous generations have enabled us to make the upfront investment. It fits in with our commitment to reducing the footprint we leave for future generations. We spend a lot of time preparing our children for the future, but we often overlook the environment in which we leave them. The products we sell are largely agricultural – hops, barley – and depend on reliable water sources. We need the planet to support these things for a long, long time. “
Mayor Joyce Craig of the City of Manchester also spoke briefly. Representatives from the offices of Senator Maggie Hassan and Congressman Chris Pappas read letters from the Senator and Congressman, respectively. Senators Sharon Carson, Lou D’Allesandro and Kevin Cavanaugh were in attendance, as were State Representative Doug Thomas, Londonderry City Councilor Deb Paul, and Londonderry City Administrator Kevin Smith.
Joe Bellavance concluded by saying, “Finally, the state of NH was a wonderful place to grow up, raise a family, and run a business. If I remember correctly, our project will increase total NH solar production by 1.5%. To the extent that we can help the state meet some of its carbon and renewable energy goals, that’s a good thing. So the project really checked a lot of boxes for us and it was an easy decision in the end. ”