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LAKE HARMONY -- Written on a sign for everyone to see, "We Cool Our Beer with the Sun."

The motto is trademarked here at Harmony Beverage in Lake Harmony, because the place uses solar panels to chill these brews.

"I think it's one of the smartest things I've ever done. It's the right thing to do, no doubt about it," said John McElroy, Harmony Beverage owner.

Managers tell us they have been using solar power for a few years.

The panels sit on an acre and a half of land behind the business.

Ever since the distributor started chilling beers with the solar panel system, owners have saved about $25,000 a year on electric bills.

"We cool our beer with the sun, how about that. We have 363 solar panels, we are rated at 100,000 kilowatts a year but we only produce about 30,000 kilowatts a year. The store uses about 100,000 kilowatts a year so, we have no electric bill here anymore," said McElroy.

And it's not just the managers who think the solar panels are a good thing. Customers like the idea, too.

"Well it's one of those dichotomies we have to live with, you want cold beer? Renewables are the future," said Dean Cronk, Pocono Lake.

Dean Cronk says if you can go green and save some green, it's a win, win.

"As far as Harmony Beverage using solar power, I think it's a great idea."

9 comments

  • Conroy

    Renewable clean energy and beer? The Trump audience cannot comprehend this unholy paradox WNEP. You should probably just do a story on how Trump will reopen those flooded coal mines like he promised and the people can keep their beer warm with coal from glorious leader.

  • new math

    we are rated at 100,000 kilowatts a year but we only produce about 30,000 kilowatts a year. The store uses about 100,000 kilowatts a year so, we have no electric bill here anymore,” said McElroy.
    Hmmmm!! So who pays for the other 70000 kw?

  • Kingstonguy9

    In other states they use solar panels to keep their children warm

    But that is Pennsylvania the dirtiest and crooked state in the country

  • WarningFakeNews

    How much of our tax dollars went into grants, rebates, tax credits for this to have been economically feasible for a beer distributer?

    I love the idea of “free power” but it’s never free. In fact, we get hosed so they can make more in profit than the next competitor.

    • Givemeabreak

      I believe you are right, I think they do get to use them as a tax right off. That’s how GE pays 0 in taxes every year but just think how many extra people they can hire with all the money saved. They will create all these jobs instead of just keeping the money or giving their CEO a bonus. Isn’t that what supply side economists believe? If there is such a thing?

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