May 17, 2016 02:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time

sierra-nevada-palealeLOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two California breweries have recently commissioned Regatta Solutions to install Capstone microturbines as a way to achieve their energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. The microturbines will positively impact these businesses’ bottom line by generating electrical and thermal energy on site.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or cogeneration, allows the exhaust heat from the microturbines to be converted via heat exchangers into hot water or steam for the brewing process.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., located in Chico, California, has installed the microturbines as part of a broader effort to reduce their dependence on the local electric grid while maximizing the efficiency of their current systems. With 2MW of installed solar, the microturbines complement this existing on site electrical generation. With multiple sources of on site generation, Sierra Nevada is now operating as a microgrid.

Regatta Solutions’ President and CEO, Steve Acevedo, believes that microgrids are essential for facilities that care about resiliency and want control over both how they use energy and how that energy is made in the first place. “In the not too distant future, more and more companies will be looking for innovative ways to integrate multiple sources of energy to create secure, resilient microgrids,” said Steve Acevedo. “As an energy solutions company, we are helping to lead the way by installing systems that can easily be integrated with other technologies,” he added.

The 2MW Capstone microturbine system is fueled by Low Pressure Natural Gas (LPNG) and replaced aging fuel cells that were previously installed at the property. The system provides steam to the brewery process via two Steam Generators.

“We believe in doing everything we can to minimize our impact on the environment and our local community,” said Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager for Sierra Nevada. “We are continuously evaluating how we can make things more efficient, reduce operating expenses, and utilize our resources to their fullest potential. A CHP system made the most sense for us and Capstone microturbines were the best fit for our brewery.”

In Los Angeles, a second brewery has also recently purchased a 200kW Capstone microturbine. The microturbine technology aligned with the brewery’s initiatives surrounding energy consumption and will significantly lower electricity costs while also mitigating against continually increasing electric utility rates.

The Capstone microturbine technology is increasingly being used by forward thinking breweries who understand that the next several years will see massive shifts in the way utilities operate, significantly so in CA. From changing Time of Use rate schedules to increasing demand charges, these changes disproportionately impact energy intensive industries like breweries.

About Regatta Solutions, Inc. www.regattasp.com

Regatta Solutions enables success for a cleaner tomorrow. As the exclusive Capstone Distributor covering California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, the company provides innovative solutions for data centers, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage production, property management, landfills, digesters, waste water treatment, and utilities.

About Capstone Turbine Corporation

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq: CPST) is the world’s leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped over 9,000 Capstone microturbine systems to customers worldwide. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the New York Metro Area, United Kingdom, Mexico City, Shanghai and Singapore.

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines to upgrade a top Northern California brewery.

Regatta Solutions, Capstone’s distributor in California, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned later this year.  Two Capstone C1000 microturbines will replace the aging natural gas fuel cells currently powering the California brewery. Capstone microturbines can seamlessly meet changing facility demands and are flexible enough to allow for irregular daily load profiles, which effectively maximizes efficiency and reduces operating costs.

“The brewery, like many of our clients, vetted multiple technologies, including traditional reciprocating engines. However, the Capstone solution presented the best option, offering a clean emission technology to act as the base load for a smart grid installation,” said Steven Acevedo, President and CEO at Regatta Solutions.

The two Megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) system will be integrated with the existing solar PV system in a microgrid application to provide reliable on-site power and the ability to export any excess power generated. In addition, thermal energy from the microturbine exhaust will be captured through cogeneration and transferred to heat exchangers to provide space heating and hot water.

With Capstone’s patented emission technology, operations at the brewery will meet the state of California’s stringent emissions standards without the need for expensive and unreliable exhaust after treatment equipment. The units will be commissioned in a CHP heat recovery configuration so the plant’s total system efficiency will exceed 80 percent.

“Businesses are continuously looking for ways to enhance their core processes and become more energy efficient, reduce costs and be good stewards of the environment,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “Capstone microturbines are the ideal solution, helping businesses achieve energy independence by providing clean, reliable power at a lower cost than the utility,” added Crouse.

About Regatta Solutions, Inc. www.regattasp.com
Regatta Solutions enables success for a cleaner tomorrow. Under the leadership of President and CEO, Steven Acevedo, Regatta Solutions is the exclusive Capstone Distributor covering California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The company provides solutions for oil and gas, data centers, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage production, property management, landfills, digesters, waste water treatment, and utilities. Superb after-market service is available with Capstone’s “bumper to bumper” Factory Protection Plan. Regatta Solutions is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation’s energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

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