ForeFront Power installs solar arrays on eight of Anheuser-Busch’s craft breweries

ForeFront Power has announced that it is partnering with Anheuser-Busch to develop solar power systems at eight breweries in its craft business unit, Brewers Collective. ForeFront Power has now completed solar installations at Goose Island Beer Co. in ChicagoBlue Point Brewing Co. in Patchogue, New YorkVirtue Cider in Fennville, MichiganBreckenridge Brewery in Littleton, ColoradoDevil’s Backbone Brewing Co. in Lexington, VirginiaFour Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, ArizonaKarbach Brewing Co. in Houstonand 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in Bend, Oregon. Combined, these solar power systems total 2.4 MWDC

“Many craft breweries are more than production facilities; they are now major tourist destinations and community centers,” said Michael Smith, CEO of ForeFront Power. “On-site solar generation can not only significantly reduce running costs, but can also serve as a tangible demonstration of a brewery’s environmental stewardship and commitment to taking climate action. We applaud Anheuser-Busch for its clean energy leadership in the beverage industry, and it has been so rewarding for our team to help US breweries achieve their sustainability goals.”

In ChicagoForeFront Power installed a 377 kWDC solar panels on the roof atop Goose Island’s Barrel House. Opened in 1988, Goose Island opened the Barrel House, a 139,000 sq ft brewing facility and event space with over 15,000 barrels, all in a historic Art Deco brick warehouse.

“Goose Island is proud to have completed a solar energy project atop our Barrel House,” said Todd Ahsmann, president of Goose Island Beer Co. “The ForeFront Power team has helped make solar a turnkey process, and we are pleased with the performance of our system, the savings it provides and its positive contribution to our region’s climate goals. Goose Island is proof that if solar energy can work in the Windy City, it can work anywhere.”

Bee Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing Co., ForeFront Power installed a 217 kWDC rooftop solar panels on top of the brewery’s 54,000-square-foot facility in Patchogue, New York† The completion of the solar project marks an important milestone in Blue Point Brewing’s decades-long sustainability program.

Blue dot is surrounded by water and our sustainability efforts have always focused on protecting our waterways,” said Nick RosenbergBlue Points environmental safety manager. “Becoming a solar brewery was the logical next step to combat climate change while reducing our energy bills. We are grateful for ForeFront Power’s expert guidance through every phase of the project, from permit to installation, to construction and endorsement.”

The solar projects are all part of Anheuser-Busch’s company-wide commitment to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources — a goal it reached four years earlier. Through partnerships with leading renewable energy providers such as ForeFront Power, all Anheuser-Busch Brewers Collective breweries and cidery locations now brew with 100% renewable electricity from wind and solar energy.

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