Exmouth brewery goes solar with government help

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Froth Craft owners Pete Firth, Tyler Little and Phil Gray.
Camera IconFroth Craft owners Pete Firth, Tyler Little and Phil Gray. Credit: Esther McDonald

It’s one of the most eco-conscious towns in the North West, and now one of Exmouth’s most popular hangouts is taking being green to the next level.

Froth Craft Brewery plans to install a 30kW solar panel system which will enable the company to operate entirely off the sun by day.

The installation is part of the State’s Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme, with the McGowan Government set to cover one third of the cost.

Froth director Pete Firth said the system included an impressive battery back-up which would reduce the brewery’s reliance on grid power at night.

“The actual system will significantly reduce power costs and should hopefully pay for itself within a couple of years,” he said.

Over its lifetime, the installation is expected to save Froth more than $560,000, while the estimated CO2 reduction is 37.8 tonnes.

“Exmouth has a solar observatory at Learmonth, but for a long time it was impossible to increase the solar power in town, so this is a wonderful step forward,” Mr Firth said.

“Hopefully it’ll encourage the Government to repeat other initiatives like this.”

Whalebone Brewing Company, is also making the change to solar.

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