Flying Fish Brewing Company Testimonial

Energy Efficiency Upgrades Generate Savings


NJCEP Direct Install incentives: $28,414

– High efficiency Lighting
– Packaged HVAC units
– Dual enthalpy and electronic fuel-use economizers

Direct Install paid 70% of upgrades

Project payback: 2.6 years

Estimated annual savings:
$4,015  35,644 kWh  637 therms


Sustainability is key at Flying Fish Brewing Company, New Jersey’s largest craft brewery. Founded in 1995, it was the first microbrewery to open in South Jersey in morethan 50 years. As popularity forthe craft beer grew, Gene Muller, founder, moved his business from a 13,000-square foot brewery in Cherry Hill, NJ to a 44,000 square foot warehouse in Somerdale, NJ.


The new brewery was equipped with outdated HVAC and inefficient lighting. And as winter approached, the new building’s HVAC system started to fail.


Hutchinson, a participating contractor for Direct Install – offered through the NJ Office of Clean Energy – provided a free energy assessment to identify eligible equipment upgrades, including lighting and HVAC.  Incentives covered 70 percent of the cost to replace the new building’s inoperable and outdated equipment.

Energy efficiency upgrades included:

  • Installation of high efficiency heating/AC units.
  • Lighting retrofit to improve lighting quality while using fewer and more efficient lamps .
  • Installation of “smart” thermostats, allowing for separate temperature controls in the tasting room and offices.

The Direct Install savings was dramatic.  Any business that isn’t taking advantage is missing a great opportunity. Flying Fish is committed to sustainability – it’s not only good for the  environment, but in the long run it’s good business. We wanted to make the building as sustainable as possible and needed the highest energy efficient  program to fit into our initiative.”

ffGene Muller
Flying Fish Brewing Company