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Miller Coors Plant continues green initiatives

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of Albany's major employers is going green. The latest environmental project at the Miller Coors plant will reduce the energy the facility uses.

WALB News Ten's Tayleigh Davis takes us up on the roof at the plant to show us what they're doing.

This isn't snow. It's a solar coating that's supposed to reflect heat from the roof of the Miller Coors Building. It's Dave Dixon's job to oversee the green initiatives and he loves every minute of it.

Workers just completed 200,000 square feet above the packaging hall and hope to cover another 500,000 to 600,000 feet in the next several months.

"We're really happy with it," said Dixon. "We have a lot of roofing projects to go and we're hoping to put it on as much as the roof as possible."

This polar coating is part of a larger sustainability project at all Miller Coors Breweries. The Albany Brewery is the first location to use this cool roof.

The thin, polymer-like membrane goes on top of the current roof made of sand and tar.

The tar roof retains most of the heat. Even on a mild, cloudy day, you can even feel the heat on the roof. The cool roof is supposed to reflect between 85 to 90 percent of the heat. It was already much cooler than the tar roof.

It's supposed to last 10 years or more, and can be cleaned with soap and water. We're standing just above the packaging hall where heavy machinery creates a lot of heat. By reducing the heat absorbed, equipment will work more efficiently cutting down on energy costs. It will also keep workers cooler.

"The workers are happy with that," Dixon said. "We're trying to get somewhere between a five and degree temperature reduction in the future."

Dixon says the roof replacement project is one of many green initiatives the brewery is taking on to reduce its carbon footprint.

The brewery is also working on an ionic air rinsing procedure to clean cans and bottles with less water.

It's also working with the water stewardship program to try to keep streams and water resources in the area clean.

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