222-MW solar project puts Anheuser-Busch brewing at 100% renewable electricity
Anheuser-BuschThe entire portfolio of domestic beer and seltzer brands – including Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, Busch and its Brewers Collective family of craft partners – are now brewed using 100% renewable electricity from solar and wind.
The Anheuser-Busch Solar Farm, the brewery 222-MWac solar power project in Texas, officially coming online this month, marking the early achievement of Anheuser-Busch’s sustainability goal of sourcing 100% of purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
The Anheuser-Busch Solar Farm is located in Pecos County, Texas and was developed in conjunction with Recurring energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar. It is the largest solar energy project for the beverage industry in the United States. Construction took nearly two years to complete, creating about 500 full-time jobs at the peak of construction.
“At Anheuser-Busch, we dream big in 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. “If we achieve this ambitious sustainability goal four years earlier, it means that every time someone reaches for an Anheuser-Busch product, they choose one that contributes to a more sustainable future.”
In celebration of achieving this milestone four years ahead of schedule, on this World Environment Day, the company is donating $ 100,000 to the Green Restaurant Association 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 applaud Anheuser-Busch for shifting production to brewing beer with 100 percent renewable electricity – an impressive milestone years ahead of schedule,” said US Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. “America’s corporations, large and small, play an important role in fighting the existential threat of climate change. I look forward to seeing more private sector companies follow 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 goes directly to educational resources to help the industry implement sustainable business practices, such as renewable electricity, improve energy efficiency and product cooling.
“Private industry must be an important ally in the fight to tackle the climate crisis if we are to make meaningful progress as a nation,” said US Congressman John Garamendi of California. “I am pleased that Anheuser-Busch, whose Fairfield brewery in our convention district is one of our largest employers, is investing in technology to brew beer using renewable energy. Their commitment to brewing sustainably is incredibly laudable and is the kind of thinking and innovation we need to tackle the challenges of climate change. “
Anheuser-Busch’s continued investments in renewable electricity include the Anheuser-Busch Solar Farm and the 152 MW Budweiser Wind Farm at Thunder Ranch in Oklahoma with Enel Green Power. Through the two projects and more than 10 other renewable electricity installations at its flagship breweries, distributors and craft partner breweries across the country, Anheuser-Busch has added nearly 400 MW of renewable electricity capacity to the grid.
“The growth of solar energy is now driven by the pure competitive prices compared to other generation sources. It is exciting to see companies such as our valued customer, Anheuser-Busch, purchase cheap, clean solar energy to support their taxes nationally with 100% renewable electricity, ”said Michael Arndt, president and CEO of Recurrent Energy . “We are so pleased to help Anheuser-Busch meet their sustainability goals well ahead of their intended timeline by developing and building the 222 MWac Anheuser-Busch Solar Farm in West Texas.”
News release from Anheuser-Busch