My story is one example of many across Oregon of small business owners using clean energy investments to run their business more efficiency and save on costs.
At 7 Devils Brewing Company, we seek to bring the inspiration of the Oregon coast to the tap. Our community is so defined by the sea; environmental stewardship and social responsibility are among our core business values.
Those values are visible through the large array of solar panels on our roof. A 6.3 kW array has produced 13,535 kWh of electricity in about two years -- saving us over $825 annually in utility bills. I have poured myself into making the dream of my business come true and every penny counts.
Next, we want to install more solar panels to power to offset our refrigeration costs. We’re always looking into ways to make our beer more sustainably. In 2018, the Oregon legislature is considering a bill that would create $700 million per year in proceeds to help us do just that, and to help other local businesses and homeowners make similar upgrades.
The Clean Energy Jobs bill (SB 1070), help pay for energy efficiency projects and renewable energy for businesses and residents. Plus, all the work has to be done in Oregon, so that’s more local jobs. We’d welcome those construction workers, designers, engineers, salespeople and administrative assistants into our pub after work for a beer.
Clean Energy Jobs will cap and price climate pollution from the largest emitters in the state, and reinvest those proceeds into Oregon’s clean energy economy: to invest in job creation, to help businesses save money and to help our environment. Oregon has been working on varying forms of this legislation for well over a decade; Clean Energy Jobs is the final product and ready to be passed in 2018.
I urge our community and elected leaders to strongly support this bill to help our community in so many ways. At 7 Devils Brewing, our goal is to make customers feel like walking through our doors is as restorative and refreshing as walking toward the shore. Clean Energy Jobs is restorative moment for our state to reclaim our heritage of protecting the air and water where we live and serve as a national example of how to do clean energy the right way. The best gift we can pass on to our kids is a world better than we inherited.
Annie Pollard is the co-owner of 7 Devils Brewing Company. She lives in Coos Bay with her husband and daughter.