‘Solar Wall’ Warms Up Wentzel Apiaries

‘Solar Wall’ Warms Up Wentzel Apiaries

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Shawn Wentzel is a third-generation beekeeper and owner with his wife Allison of Wentzel Apiaries in Twin Bridges, Montana. In addition to keeping bees and processing honey, they grow 350 acres of sainfoin hay and raise cattle. Bees are attracted to the sainfoin and use it to produce high-quality honey; and after the sainfoin flowers, it’s harvested and fed to the cows. Several years ago Shawn and Allison reached out to Wayne Baker, owner of Baker Light Industries, a renewable energy business in Alder, Montana. At the time they were burning $8,000 worth of propane each year and looking for a way to reduce fuel costs. Wayne suggested a high-efficiency wood boiler. Today, the wood boiler saves the Wentzels $7,000 per year in fuel costs while providing the heat that…
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