Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  May 16, 2019

Anheuser-Busch completes their largest U.S. off-site solar array

Anheuser-Busch has completed the installation of its largest U.S. off-site solar project in the town of Van Buren, N.Y. The company’s nearby Baldwinsville brewery is the sole off-taker of the 2.76-megawatt project. Anheuser-Busch already secures 50% of its purchased electricity from wind power, which is more than the amount of electricity required to brew Budweiser beer in the U.S. each year.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), through the NY-Sun program, provided over $1.1 million in support for the array, which is comprised of more than 8,300 solar panels. The array will produce over 3 million kilowatt-hours annually, the equivalent of providing enough to brew 3 million cases of beverages annually.

The solar array is owned and operated by AES Distributed Energy, Inc. and was developed to support Anheuser-Busch's goal to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

"Our commitment to our communities and our environment go hand in hand,” said Ingrid De Ryck, VP procurement and sustainability at Anheuser-Busch. “With this solar project, we are proud to continue investing in renewable energy in a community that our employees call home, bringing our sustainability goals to life right in our own backyard."

The announcement was made by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who noted that the project complements "Central New York Rising," the region's comprehensive strategy to generate robust economic growth and community development, and supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's nation-leading Green New Deal which calls for 70 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 and 6,000 megawatts of solar by 2025.

"New York is making nation-leading investments in renewable energy resources that support our rapidly growing clean energy economy and provide businesses and residents with cleaner, more cost-effective energy," Governor Cuomo said. "This project exemplifies our efforts to support solar projects across the state that deliver meaningful environmental benefits while spurring economic growth that will serve New Yorkers for generations to come."

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