An important element in our sustainability plan is to utilize clean and green power whenever possible. One of our most important and visible examples of clean and green power at Stoutridge is our photovoltaic solar modules on the south facing roof of our winery. The amount of power that we generate from our solar panels more than meets the electrical energy needs of both the production and public areas of Stoutridge. Our solar panels even generate power under a full moon!
Heat Exchange System.
In many industrial processes there is waste of energy or a heat stream that is being exhausted. This is exactly what happens at Stoutridge so we installed our own Heat Exchange System in an effort to put recovered heat to good environmental use. One of the places we use the heat from our heat exchanger is in the radiant floors in the public areas of the winery. We also will be using the heat to warm the new outdoor walkway and meeting area that connects our main building to our new distillery barrel room. In addition, we like to reuse the water after it’s cooled in the heat exchanger in order to send back to our condensers. This means we don’t have to use an over abundance of well water to condense, we just reuse the same water.