Built in 1937, the property located at 822 South 15th Street was originally named the Bernheim Distillery Bottling Plant. This building once served as an office and bottling plant for the Bernheim Distillery, but the property was sold to Fisher-Klosterman, INC in 1959 and has changed owners several times since the mid-1980’s.
Although the property has added new warehouses over the years, the original brick building located on 15th street was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The building was added to the register due to its unique Art Modern Style, glass block bands that wrap around the building, and the curved edges of the façade.
A 30 kW solar array is being developed for the 822 Renew location, with construction planned for late Summer 2016. This system will provide cheap electricity for the building, and also serve as a model for the solar jobs training.
STAR Energy Holdings, LLC purchased the historic Bernheim building in January 2016, with plans to renovate the property to meet its business and community outreach goals.
Some of the business goals for the property include opening offices and utilizing warehouse space for STAR Solar in the Kentucky market, jobs training for solar energy, developing a sustainable aquaculture system on site, plans to offer energy efficiency upgrade services, and hosting a rebar pre-tying business for local and regional developments.
STAR Energy also has several community goals and objectives, including providing office space for community advocacy groups, solar energy jobs training for the West Louisville labor force, working with local community groups and leaders to ensure good jobs and job-related training, support the education of the community, promote healthier living for the community, and foster entrepreneurs from West Louisville.