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Success Story – Summit Brewing

Summit Brewing Illuminates Savings


Summit-ES-successWhen Summit Brewing Co. of St. Paul approached Energy Smart about a lighting upgrade, Energy Smart set to work tailoring an energy investment plan to fit the company’s needs. Summit connected to the program after receiving a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce (MCC) member email.

The company wanted more efficient lighting in the kettle area of its brewhouse. Energy Smart suggested replacing the old incandescent floodlights with high-efficiency LED fixtures providing better illumination at a fraction of the cost. LED fixtures last longer, too, which will save maintenance hassle. Energy Smart then worked with Summit to apply for rebates and an MCC grant, making the investment more affordable.

“Energy Smart staff helped in calculating our energy savings and applying for the Xcel Energy rebate,” said Summit’s chief operating officer Tom Thomasser. “Their assistance enabled us to complete our project through cash flow rather than spreading the cost over a longer term.”

The total project cost was $7,880 before receiving a $3,000 Xcel rebate. Summit Brewing anticipates an annual cost savings of $3,527 and annual energy savings of 44,511 kilowatt hours.

“Energy Smart was easy to work with,” remarked Thomasser. “We’d definitely recommend it to other businesses.”

Contact Energy Smart today to tap into utility rebates for your energy projects. Contact us at or (651) 292-3902.