By: Ashley Spivey
Lexington's Old Mill Brewpub is finding a new way to power their business and help the environment.
Owner John Clinger said in the next few weeks they are going to use a hydro-electric generator to provide electricity for their business.
Old Mill Brewpub is located in the old Lexington cotton mill on Mill Pond. The cotton mill used the pond to generate power for heating and moisturizing their cotton.
Old Mill Brewpub is putting a new hydro-electric generator as a power source for their brewing system.
“The water that's behind me here goes through a raceway and it turns the turbines which creates electricity from the hydro-generator,” Clinger said. “That in turn will go to a transfer station to which we are basically plugged into.”
Clinger said Old Mill Brewpub would be one of the only green brewpubs in the state of South Carolina and on the East coast.
“Those who came up from Georgia who did the repairs to get the generator back up and running had to custom make parts,” Clinger said. “I don't know the final tally but I know they spent more than they cared to.”
Although it wasn't exactly cheap going green, Clinger says it will help Old Mill Brewpub in the long run. He said the power costs will be greatly reduced and they will save a good amount of money.
Leslie Nemec works at Old Mill Brewpub and said she is excited about going green.
“It's really exciting because we will not only be able to supply power for ourselves and the brewery but also to the whole mill,” Nemec said.
Clinger said they are looking forward to the unique power process, powering them so that their customers can continue to enjoy their craft brews, good food and great views.
Lexington Mill Pond is currently being lowered in order to install parts for the hydro-generator system.
Clinger said this should take a few weeks and then Old Mill Brewpub will officially be green.