Finz Seafood & Grill Installs Clean Energy System from Owl Power

Finz Seafood and Grill becomes the first restaurant to use the new clean energy cogeneration system from the Owl Power Company, developer and manufacturer of Vegawatt. Vegawatt uses waste vegetable oil from any food service operation as a fuel to generate on-site electricity and hot water, saving the restaurant thousands of dollars as well as providing a clean, renewable source of energy.
"As a restaurant operator I am constantly looking for more efficient methods, and especially for costs-saving measures," says George Carey, owner of Finz Seafood & Grill in Dedham, Massachusetts, the first establishment to install the Vegawatt system. "My largest line-item expense is runaway utility costs. The Vegawatt system enables me to significantly reduce my energy costs, generate clean energy on-site, and very importantly, reduce the heavy energy footprint of my restaurant."
The Vegawatt utilizes waste vegetable oil (WVO) from a restaurant deep fryer to prepare a non-toxic fuel. This fuel is used to produce electricity and hot water, which reduces electricity and natural gas purchases. Any food service location with fryers can use the Vegawatt system to save $800 monthly. It is a fully automated system that requires no intervention or maintenance by restaurant staff, no additional chemicals, and produces no liquid byproducts.

Most restaurants pay to dispose of their used cooking oil. Some owners have begun to receive compensation for this oil, typically $0.10 to $0.25 per gallon. Vegawatt owners will achieve a value of $2.55 per gallon. New green energy incentives and Renewable Energy Certificates (REC's) will increase the payback to the restaurant.
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