All of the domestic beer brands brewed by Anheuser-Busch in the US will be powered by wind and solar power by 2021, four years ahead of its planned 2025 renewable energy goal in the US. That’s thanks to a new, 222 megawatt solar farm 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.”
To commemorate the contract Doukeris signed what the company is calling “the world’s longest contract, for five billion years, with the sun.” Solar artist Michael Papadakis created a large-scale version of the contract using the sun to burn the letters of the contract into wood. The contact will be located Anheuser-Busch’s Brewery in Fairfield, CA.
The new project in Texas will provide power to Anheuser-Busch through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Recurrent Energy. It will cover 2,000 acres, the size of 1,500 football fields. Once completed it will generate 650 gigawatt hours of electricity, which the company said is enough electricity to brew 20 billion 12 oz. servings of beer annually.
“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.”
The company, which brews Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, Busch, among others, and owns numerous craft brewers has been greening its operations for years. Last year, for instance, it also powered the entire city of Atlanta on wind power for a week as part of its sponsorship of the Super Bowl. It also debuted its US 2025 Sustainability Goals, which focused renewable electricity and carbon reduction, water stewardship, smart agriculture, and circular packaging.Tweet