Back in November, we commissioned the first new microturbine project in Minnesota in recent memory at the beautifully revamped Schmidt Brewery. Now dubbed the Schmidt Artists Lofts, the modernized landmark is home to a vibrant live/work community of creatives – and to a brand new microturbine CHP system in the basement.
The sixty-five kilowatt “jet engine” produces electricity and thermal energy around the clock. The plant has run without interruption since we hit start back in November.
Vergent Power’s “Factory Protection Plan” is providing full maintenance coverage through 2024. The plan includes all parts and labor for all planned and unplanned maintenance for 9 years.
More importantly, we are showing that small-scale CHP is a viable solution in Minnesota. For a long time Minnesotans have enjoyed relatively low electricity prices. Today, electricity is getting more and more expensive while natural gas remains an attractive alternative thanks to an abundance of domestic supply.
Soon we will make our biggest Minnesota announcement yet...the first C1000 package in the state. Stay tuned!