Bioenergy, Solar

Renewable Energy to Power Anheuser-Busch

One in seven beers brewed by Anheuser-Busch in the United States are expected to be brewed using renewable energy by the end of 2009. The company’s breweries in Houston, Texas and Fairfield, California are currently installing renewable energy energy technology that will be operational by year end, and as a result the company’s U.S. breweries will run on more than 15 percent renewables.

The Houston brewery will use biogas from a nearby landfill as part of an alternative fuel plan that when combined with the facility’s bio-energy recovery system (BERS), is anticipated to provide more than 70 percent of the brewery’s fuel needs. The Fairfield brewery will use BERS, a technology that turns brewing wastewater into fuel and receive electricity from solar panels being hosted on-site.

The 1.18-megawatt solar photovoltaic system will be constructed at the California facility during the late summer. The system will generate the equivalent of approximately 3 percent of the brewery’s electricity needs and it will also generate Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). The solar system will be installed as part of an agreement between Anheuser-Busch and SunEdison.