Monday, December 27, 2010

Solar Helps Pizza, Beer and Marriage

DEMING, Wash. -- A popular pizzeria, brewery and wedding chapel on the Mount Baker Highway is adding another number to its repertoire: solar power production.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the North Fork Brewery in Deming is installing 40 solar panels to generate energy which it will sell back to Puget Sound Energy, in hopes of creating as much power as the brewery uses.

The restaurant is a frequent stop for snowboarders, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts on the route to Mount Baker. Owners Vicki and Sandy Savage say they're not sure their wooded, northern location will get enough sun to meet their goal, but a 30 percent rebate in federal stimulus money made the change worth it, and they know the project is putting people to work.

Installation of the panels is scheduled to begin late this month.


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