USA – Anheuser-Busch, maker of popular Bud Light and Golden Road beers has partnered with the solar and energy storage developer, Recurrent Energy in commitment to use 100% renewable energy across its entire portfolio of domestic beer brands by 2021.
The company has signed a contract with Recurrent Energy to construct a 2,000-acre solar energy facility which is expected to be completed by 2021.
Together with solar panels and wind turbines at the Fairfield, California brewery, Anheuser-Busch says it is on track brew its entire domestic beer brands portfolio with 100% renewable electricity from solar and wind power.
These include Bud Light, Golden Road, Michelob ULTRA, Busch and the company’s other top brands in America.
The agreement includes a five-billion-year contract with the sun, which will see Anheuser-Busch purchase the renewable electricity credits from the energy delivered to the grid by the new solar energy facility being built in Pecos County, Texas.
“As the country’s leading brewer, we’re committed to driving meaningful change as we announce the largest solar partnership in the world for the beverage industry,” said Michel Doukeris, President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch.
“From our 18,000 colleagues to our wholesaler partners, our teams across the country will continue to find innovative ways to create a world that is cleaner and more sustainable for future generations.”
The facility is expected to generate 650 GWhrs of energy annually – providing enough electricity to brew 20 billion 12 oz. servings of beer a year.
The commitment is part of the company’s Better World program efforts focused on renewable electricity on a road to achieving its U.S. 2025 Sustainability Goals.
The goals include a focus on four key areas: renewable electricity and carbon reduction, water stewardship, smart agriculture, and circular packaging.
Last year, the company said that its Budweiser beer was brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from wind power, after it showcased in a commercial during this year’s Super Bowl.
“At Anheuser-Busch, sustainability isn’t part of our business, it is our business,” said Ingrid De Ryck, VP, Procurement and Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch.
“This is about category leadership and making a positive contribution in the communities we live and work.
“This expansion and investment in our renewable electricity commitment not only brings us closer to realizing our dream of a better world, it also moves our business and operations forward.”