Rupununi Restaurant - Bar Harbor

It takes an average of 2.4 gallons of hot water to prepare each meal served in a restaurant. Michael Boland, owner of Rupununi’s Restaurant in Bar Harbor, is using a solar hot water system to reduce oil consumption.

“Our oil bill has been dramatically reduced since we put in the [solar hot water] system,” say Boland, who subsequently had solar hot water installed at his other restaurant, Guinness & Porcelli’s.

“From an investment standpoint, solar hot water is a very wise one for restaurant owners. Usually you buy equipment and hope it lasts 5-10 years, and hope that the new piece increases efficiency enough to sort of pay its way. But with these (solar) panels, the savings have been obvious.”

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