By Nina Wu
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
It's a good day to wear green, and be green.
It's also heartening to see a local beer company — Kona Brewing Co. — that has taken significant steps towards being green.
Kona Brewing Co. last year had a 229-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system installed on its Big Island brewery and pub by Sunetric. At the time, Kona Brewing was the first beer production facility in Hawaii to go solar, according to president and CEO Mattson Davis.
Both of Kona Brewing's pubs on the Big Island and Oahu (at Koko Marina) are Certified Green Restaurants by the Green Restaurant Association. The brewery debuted the Oceanic Organic Saison — a Belgian-style ale using organic hops that was certified by the Hawaii Organic Farmers' Association. Last March, it also unveiled a lighter glass bottle.
The company has a sustainability coordinator on staff, recycles as much as possible, and offers its food in compostable to-go containers.
Kona Brewing Company has made it part of its business plan to grow the business "with ecological integrity, reducing the company’s carbon footprint whenever possible."
So raise your glass to going green!
Speaking of green, if you're interested in installing a solar PV system on your home and want to see how it works firsthand, Sunetric is holding a Solar Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (March 19) in Hawaii Kai. Energy consultant John Vallero will be on hand to answer questions. Visit www.sunetric.com for more information.
Double the rebate! Between Monday and May 31, as reported in today's Star-Advertiser story, customers also get the chance to get double the HECO cash rebate ($1,500) for installing a solar water heater from Hawaii Energy.