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Mims Distributing Company Partners with Baker Renewable Energy to Install Solar Rooftop System

Solar Roof Could Generate 400,00kWhrs of Energy Per Year

Raleigh, NC, February 24, 2012 --( Chip Mims, CEO of Mims Distributing Company (, a beer distributor that services a nine-county area in and around the Triangle, has announced that the company partnered with Baker Renewable Energy to install one of the largest private solar rooftop systems in Wake County. The roof, which features a photovoltaic rooftop net metering system, will allow the company to collect and utilize solar power onsite and reduce its lifetime commercial power grid consumption, ultimately saving Mims up to 400 MWhrs, or 400,000 kWhrs, of energy per year. This will offset approximately 20 percent of the building’s energy needs.

Mims Distributing moved into a new 144,000 square foot facility in October and placed an emphasis on building an ecologically-friendly building. In addition to the creation of the solar roof, Mims installed energy-efficient high-performance insulation, cooling and lighting systems, and reused materials such as irrigation piping. The facility minimizes water consumption by utilizing a smart storm water retention strategy, featuring a bio-retention pond, the installation of low water use plumbing fixtures and the strategic landscaping of drought-tolerant plants and shrubs.

“We are excited about the long-term financial and green benefits of this rooftop system – it fits perfectly with what we’re trying to accomplish in terms of lowering operational costs and reducing our environmental impact,” said Mims. “It’s great to be able to tell our brewers and customers that we can deliver quality products and services while still minimizing our carbon signature in so many ways because of this expansion.”

“We are pleased to be working with the Mims Distributing leadership team on its new headquarters,” said John Matthews, executive vice president of Baker Roofing and the president of Baker Renewable Energy. “The Mims family was wholly committed to making a long-term investment that would increase their energy efficiency, which was top of mind for them when considering the implications of their growth.”

- Mims Distributing also partnered with Prime Building, HagerSmith PA and First Citizens Bank on the building.

About Mims Distributing Company:
Established in 1964 and based in Raleigh, N.C., Mims Distributing Company provides domestic, import and craft beer brands to licensed retailers in nine central N.C. counties – Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren. It is the area’s distributor for all Miller brands, including Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Icehouse. Mims’ imports include Newcastle Brown Ale, Dos Equis, Red Stripe, Palm, Rodenbach, and Sapporo. It handles such craftbrews such as Yuengling, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Anchor and Narragansett. Mims also carries cider from Crispin and non-alcoholic Arizona Tea. In 2007, Mims received the prestigious High Life Achievement Award from Miller, which recognized its top distributors in the nation. That same year, Mims also won the Newbie of the Year Award from Magic Hat as its best new distributor. In 2009, Mims was awarded Magic Hat’s Pouring Partner of the Year Award as its top distributor in the country. Active in the local community, Mims supports efforts such as the Walk for Hope, and the Frankie Lemmon School. For more information, visit

About Baker Renewable Energy:
Baker Renewable Energy offers a full line of turn-key design and installation services for commercial, residential and institutional customers along the Eastern Seaboard. With expertise in solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind energy and solar hot air, Baker Renewable Energy serves customers throughout offices in the Southeastern United States. Baker Renewable Energy is a division of Baker Roofing Company, founded in 1915. For more information, please visit

Jennifer Fair
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600

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