Kona Brewing Makes Waves With Sustainability Efforts and New Brewery

first_img It’s officially summer. We’ll drink to that! ?☀️⛱ . . . #KonaBrewingCo #LiquidAloha #FirstDayofSummer #Hanalei #GoldCliff #IPAA post shared by Kona Brewing Co (@konabrewingco) on Jun 21, 2018 at 9:14am PDT Editors’ Recommendations Kona’s new brewery in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island will include a solar-plus-battery storage system in partnership with EnSync Energy Systems and Holu Energy, capturing enough sun power to create nearly 7,000 cans of beer per hour. Those beers, of course, include Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale, which make their way to all 50 states. You may also remember one of Kona’s newer creations, a light beer they’ve named Kahana.The solar power will generate approximately a quarter of the brewery’s electricity needs. This is doubly impactful, as Hawaii has the highest energy costs in the nation.“The installation offers Kona Brewing a fully-integrated resource to meet its dual goals of using clean energy and reducing energy costs,” Holu Energy president Ted Peck said.The new brewery, which is slated to be finished in 2019, will be a 30,000-square-foot facility down the street from its original location. The expansion will take the brewery from pumping out 14,000 barrels of beer annually to 100,000.Kona Brewing Co.The sustainable electrical portion of the project includes a 336-kilowatt roof-mounted solar panel system and a 122-kilowatt-hour battery system. The latter stores energy during the daytime for use in dark hours and allows the brewery to participate in Hawaiian Electric’s demand response programs, which will help offset peak charges and aid in the local power grid’s resiliency. The project will also include a way for the brewery to recapture carbon dioxide (CO2), a byproduct of the fermentation that can be use to carbonate beer later in the process.“Since it formed over 20 years ago, Kona Brewing has been committed to making locally brewed beers in an environmentally responsible way,” Kona Brewing sustainability manager Julia Person said. “This partnership demonstrates how we embrace innovation to maintain our commitment to the ‘Aloha spirit’ and the larger Hawaiian community.”If you want to follow the construction progress live, you can watch it right here. Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Kona Pub and Brewery/FacebookHawaii has a goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 and, naturally, beer is playing its part.The brewing industry is certainly one of the most sustainably-minded industries (out of necessity, if nothing else, due to the large amount of resources that go into making a delicious brew). Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Co. is taking that to the next level with sun-powered beer. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind last_img read more

UK travel advice maintains concerns on Lanka

“Although no protests have so far been directed at the British community more generally, you should be vigilant and avoid demonstrations,” the travel advice, updated this month, has said. It says that although the LTTE suffered a military defeat in May 2009, the Government maintains extensive anti-terrorism powers and increased security measures including checkpoints and a highly visible military presence remains throughout the country. The Sri Lankan government had initially raised its concerns with the British High Commission in Colombo over the travel advice when it was first released in August.However the issue went unattended as the travel advice was released with amendments days later but with the same controversial notes. The Sri Lankan government had last September raised concerns with the British government over the travel advice and urged them to amend it.. Tourism industry officials in Sri Lanka had raised concerns over the impact the travel advice may have on British tourists visiting Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka is expecting more tourist arrivals from Britain next year with British Airways resuming flights to Colombo this month.The latest updated travel advice also says that there is an underlying threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. The latest travel advice on Sri Lanka issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth office, maintains that the end of the military conflict in May 2009 has seen an upsurge of nationalism in Sri Lanka.It says as a result, anti-Western (particularly anti-British) rhetoric has increased and this has led to violent protests against the British High Commission and other diplomatic premises. It also says that organised and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence.  While there is no evidence to suggest that British nationals are at particular risk, the travel advice says gangs have been known to frequent tourist areas.The updated travel advice says a majority of visits to Sri Lanka are incident free, although there are an increasing number of incidents of credit card fraud, road accidents and drownings. (Colombo Gazette) read more