Like many industries, the brewing industry is guilty of gulping down energy and natural resources. Last week, Anheuser-Busch announced that its entire portfolio of domestic beer and seltzer brands – including Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, Budweiser, Busch, and its Brewers Collective family of craft partners – are now brewed with 100% renewable electricity. Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brew masters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most popular beers. This achievement is one of the key areas of the company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.
The Anheuser-Busch Solar Farm, a 2,000-acre newly constructed solar energy facility in Texas, officially comes online this month. This 222 MWac project is equipped with enough solar panels to stretch from New York City to the Southern tip of Florida. This Pecos County, TX 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 company achieved this milestone by establishing key partnerships with renewable energy leaders as well as numerous local and regional partners. The more interesting fact is that the company achieved this goal four years early.
The Foundation of these sustainable goals were laid in 2018 when the company launched its 2025 sustainability goals. Anheuser-Busch recognizes the huge opportunity it has to help protect the environment and inspire its partners to do the same. In conjunction with the announcement of the Goals, Budweiser had launched the 100% Renewable Electricity symbol, which will appear on its U.S. packaging beginning on Earth Day (4/22).
“At Anheuser-Busch, we dream big in everything we do, including our commitment to creating a more sustainable future for our partners, our consumers, and our communities,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “Achieving this ambitious sustainability goal four years early means that each time someone reaches for an Anheuser-Busch product, they are choosing one that contributes to a more sustainable future.”
In celebration of meeting this milestone four years ahead of schedule and World Environment Day, the company is donating $100,000 to the Green Restaurant Association to pay it forward and support their vital work of creating environmental sustainability in the restaurant industry, through certification and educational resources, during a time of crucial rebuilding and recovery.
Protecting our environment and shifting toward sustainability helps us continue to enjoy the beer we love. Breweries across the country are making this transition, and you can make this switch for your home or business as well. On top of helping out the planet, you’ll eliminate your electricity bill.
Making the initial transition could be difficult for any company, but, in the long-term, it will be both financially and environmentally beneficial. If you’re a homebrewer or any other business owner, you’re likely already aware of the electricity consumption in your business, and you are just one step away from producing or manufacturing your own product with solar. Contact Staten Solar at +1 (408) 780-2889 to get started with solar for your business.