222-MW solar undertaking places Anheuser-Busch brewing at 100% renewable electrical energy
The entire portfolio of domestic beer and seltzer brands from Anheuser-Busch – including Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, Busch and his craft partner family Brewers Collective – is now brewed with 100% renewable electricity from solar and wind power.
The Anheuser-Busch Solar Farm, the brewery’s 222 MWac solar project in Texas, will officially go online this month, marking the early achievement of Anheuser-Busch’s sustainability goal of obtaining 100% of the electricity it purchases from renewable energies by 2025.
The Anheuser-Busch solar farm is located in Pecos County, Texas and was developed in partnership with Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar. It is the largest solar project for the beverage industry in the USA. Construction took almost two years and created around 500 full-time jobs during the construction period.
“At Anheuser-Busch, we dream big dreams of everything we do, including our commitment to creating a more sustainable future for our partners, our consumers and our communities,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “Achieving this ambitious sustainability goal four years earlier means that every time you pick up an Anheuser-Busch product, you choose one that contributes to a more sustainable future.”
To meet this milestone four years ahead of schedule, the company is donating $ 100,000 to the Green Restaurant Association on World Environment Day to support its work to create environmental sustainability in the restaurant industry through certification and educational resources at a time of crucial reconstruction and recovery.
“I welcome Anheuser-Busch for converting production to brewing beer with 100 percent renewable electricity – an impressive milestone, years ahead of schedule,” said US Senator Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire. “America, big and small, has an important role to play in tackling the existential threat of climate change. I look forward to more private sector companies following Anheuser-Busch’s lead to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure a greener, healthier future for our planet. “
As part of Anheuser-Busch’s “Let’s Grab A Beer” initiative, Anheuser-Busch’s donation will flow directly into educational resources to help the industry implement sustainable business practices such as renewable electricity, improving energy efficiency and product cooling.
“The private industry must be an important ally in the fight against the climate crisis if we are to make significant progress as a nation,” said US Congressman John Garamendi from California. “I’m delighted that Anheuser-Busch, whose Fairfield Brewery is one of our largest employers in our convention district, is investing in technology to brew beer using renewable energy. Your commitment to sustainable brewing is incredibly commendable and the kind of thinking and innovation we need to address the challenges of climate change. “
Anheuser-Busch’s ongoing investments in renewable electricity include the Anheuser-Busch solar park and the 152 MW Budweiser wind park at Thunder Ranch in Oklahoma with Enel Green Power. Through the two projects and more than 10 other renewable electricity installations in its flagship breweries, sales partners and craft partner breweries across the country, Anheuser-Busch has brought almost 400 MW of renewable electricity capacity into the grid.
“The growth of solar energy is now being driven by the sheer competitive prices compared to other generation sources. It is exciting to see companies like our valued customer Anheuser-Busch sourcing low-cost, clean solar power to meet their load nationally with 100% renewable electricity, ”said Michael Arndt, President and General Manager of Recurrent Energy. “We are very pleased to support Anheuser-Busch in achieving its sustainability goals well ahead of schedule by developing and building the 222 MWac Anheuser-Busch solar park in West Texas.”
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