Beverage Industry

Solar panels help power Anheuser-Busch's Newark brewery

May 18, 2010

Anheuser-Busch, wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced the installation of a solar array on the roof of its Newark, N.J., brewery. The array of more than 3,000 photovoltaic solar panels covers 65,000 square feet and, at peak production, will be capable of covering nearly 5 percent of the brewery's electricity demand.
 
The solar panels will produce more than 525,000 kilowatt hours annually, which is enough to power 62 average New Jersey homes for a year, the company said.

"This solar panel installation is just one more example of Anheuser-Busch's continued commitment to improving our environmental performance through alternative energy sources at our facilities across the country," said Peter Kraemer, vice president of supply at Anheuser-Busch, in a statement. "When combined with the solar array at our Fairfield, Calif., brewery, we are now one of the largest users of solar power in the U.S. brewing industry."

Orion Energy Systems designed, installed and will operate, monitor and maintain the array. As part of the project, Anheuser-Busch entered into an agreement with Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) to host a solar power plant at the Newark brewery. PSE&G will offer Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to businesses or individuals to help offset their use of fossil fuel energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

"New Jersey is quickly becoming the No. 2 producer of solar energy in the country and Anheuser-Busch is proud to be among the leaders our state in use of this technology," said Kristopher Scholl, general manager, Anheuser-Busch Newark brewery, in a statement.

Another alternative energy source, the Newark brewery's bio-energy recovery system (or BERS) has been in place for more than 15 years, and turns nutrients in wastewater into biogas that provides up to 15 percent of the fuel needed to power the facility's boilers, the company said. Currently, 10 of Anheuser-Busch's 12 U.S. breweries use BERS technology to help fuel their operations.