New Hampshire Brewery Brews Via Solar

Citizens of the Granite State are no strangers to sustainable living, nor to fine micro-brewed beer. The Flying Goose Brew Pub and Grill in New London, New Hampshire, has combined these two traditions with the installation of twenty-five SunMaxx Plus-SU2 solar flat plate collectors, making it the first solar-powered brewery in the state.

The Flying Goose’s solar thermal system makes use of a non-pressurized 806-gallon tank to preheat water for the restaurant and brew cycles, as well as nearly 500 square feet of solar collectors mounted on the brewery’s dining room roof. The system was installed by installer Clean Resolutions.

Flying Goose solar

image via The Flying Goose Brew Pub and Grill

Now that the water Flying Goose uses to brew its award-winning beers will be heated via the sun, the brewery has begun early-stage construction on a solar photovoltaic system as well. This system will be installed by groSolar. This 126-panel array is slated for the area next to the brewery’s  hops garden and is expected to cut the establishment’s electric bill in half, paying for itself in less than eight years.

Curious about the Flying Goose’s conservation and sustainability efforts? If you live in New London, more information is available at a kiosk in the brewery’s lobby. If you don’t, more information is available online.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply March 21, 2011


    Since when is New Hampshire the “Green Mountain State”? Last time I checked, New Hampshire was actually nicknamed the “Granite State” and instead, Vermont actually was the “Green Mountain State”.

    • Reply March 22, 2011

      Nino Marchetti

      Thanks for catching that. The story has been updated.

  • Reply March 22, 2011


    home brew is always fun. wonder if this will catch on?

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