Bistro Henry Leads the Way in Sustainable Business Practices
The new installation on Route 11/30 in Manchester of ten dual-axis AllSun Trackers is the largest solar tracking project in the region and will provide energy for lighting, refrigeration, air-conditioning and some heating at Bistro Henry, owned by Henry Bronson. The net-metering credits will be shared with the Bronsons’ household and the Inn at Manchester. The 60 kW system will produce approximately 87,000 kWh annually of renewable electricity generated by the sun. “I am proud to say that Bistro Henry is the greenest restaurant in Manchester, and has been a leader in sustainable business practices since day one. In 2010, we installed a solar thermal system to heat the restaurant’s water,” said Bronson. “We’ve been recycling for 20 years, compost our food waste, and burn used vegetable oil in the diesel truck. Two years ago we installed LED and highly-efficient modern fluorescent lighting; we have brushless fans in our coolers and do regular cooler gasket maintenance; we have low-flow toilets and faucet aerators; and we installed a highly-efficient propane furnace. All these improvements are green, but the bottom line for us is that they save us money. It makes good business sense.”
“We support all efforts that create opportunities for sustainable alternative energy options. It’s forward thinking,” said Frank Hanes of the Inn at Manchester. “Utilizing local surplus power from the sun helps us lessen the footprint that the Inn leaves on the planet – that’s important to everyone here.”
Bistro Henry’s AllSun Trackers are connected to the grid through a net-metering agreement with Green Mountain Power. Excess energy is returned to the grid during peak production periods; when the restaurant needs energy it will draw it from the grid. Green Mountain Power credits full retail value for the energy returned to the grid, plus a bonus of six cents per kwH of solar power generated.
The innovative system was designed, built and installed by Solar Pro of Arlington and AllEarth Renewables of Williston.