ESTIMATED ANNUAL SAVINGS:  $12,000     |    SYSTEM SIZE:  95.5 kW    |    SOLAR CONTRIBUTION:  30%

ALAMO BEER COmpany

The Alamo Beery Company's solar power plant was the first of its kind to incorporate a company logo design augmented with additional custom pieces to help define the image. The star is made of six pieces and is nearly 12ft in diameter. It has gained international attention and been referred to as “Solar Art”. 

A year after the initial installation, Alamo Beer Co. asked us to add more panels by utilizing the available space on the lower roof. This brought the total system size to 94kW, which provides nearly 30% of the brewery's electricity needs. 

At the request of the brewery, this array is made up of entirely American-made components. It is currently the 25th largest solar project on a brewery worldwide according to solarplaza.com.

 

UNIQUE PROJECT CHALLENGES

When mounting solar panels to a rare, instant-rust metal roof with large roof ribs, draining water is a major concern. We addressed the challenge by utilizing specialized extra-long stand-off bolts to attach the rack directly to the structural components through the top of the metal roof ribs. This kept the array elevated and out of contact with draining water, avoiding the potential for roof degradation and eventual leaks.

One80 Solar was just so much easier to work with than the other groups that we talked to. They’re very caring. They’re very involved.
— JIM Walter | Alamo Beer co. COO