YPSILANTI, Mich. -

A move toward energy efficiency and solar power are expected to help two breweries save thousands of dollars on utility bills.

AnnArbor.com reports that the Arbor Brewing Co. in Ann Arbor and the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti have installed nearly $345,000 in energy efficient devices and systems.

The Corner Brewery's $250,000 "Green Brewery Project" includes solar-thermal, photovoltaic, geo-thermal technologies and energy-efficient chiller equipment. It is expected to provide almost all of the brewery's hot water needs and up to 15 percent of its electricity, while knocking $20,000 each year off energy bills.

Co-owner Matt Greff recently built a 2,000-square-foot building to be used as a warehouse and for bottling services. It uses geothermal technology to keep the building at 55 degrees. Monthly savings could total $1,000.