Windsor

Solar-cooled beer a saving grace during power outage

Michael Schneider may have been without power in the wake of some fierce storms that ripped through Windsor, Ont., on Wednesday. But he wasn't left without cold beer.
Michael Schneider used an off-grid system primarily designed for cottages to keep his beer cold during a power outage. (CBC)

Michael Schneider may have been without power in the wake of some fierce storms that ripped through Windsor, Ont.  But he wasn’t without ice cold beer.

Schneider, a sales associate at a local solar panel company, rushed to work Wednesday to pick up a mobile solar unit he used to power, what else, his beer fridge, when the power went out.

Schneider ran a cord from the unit in his driveway to the fridge in his house.

"There’s probably a little envy factor," he said of the neighbours. "I’m the only guy on the block who has cold beer in the fridge."

The "off-grid system" he is using is primarily designed for cottages. His company recently developed the system to power a TV, lights and fridge at a cottage.

"It really came in handy [Wednesday] night," said Schneider, who was told he would be without power until Thursday evening.

"I’m not too worried about it at this point," he said.

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