Budweiser brewery goes solar-powered in India

In March of 2017 Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, made a “commitment to secure 100% of the company’s purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In total, this will shift 6 terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources”.

In its continuing pursuit of that goal the company announced June 5 that one of its breweries in India will be powered 100% by renewable energy. It will immediately be operating with 75% of its power coming from solar power.

AB InBev is walking the walk

Budweiser 100% Renewable labelThis follows quickly on the heels of its announcement in January that all of its U.S. beer is now brewed using renewable energy from the Thunder Ranch wind farm in Oklahoma. Special labels indicate the change to consumers.

In the transport segment of brewery operations, the U.S. branch of AB InBev was one of the first to sign up for the Tesla electric semi, ordering 40 of the all-electric trucks, and in March put in an order for up to 800 hydrogen powered tractor trailers from the  Nikola Motor Company.

The Indian brewery is in the temple town of T Narasipura, 45 minutes away from Mysuru (in the southern part of the sub-continent, about halfway from Bangalore to the Arabian Sea). 

The power is being purchased from Canadian renewable energy giant AMP Energy, which has a portfolio of over 560MW of distributed generation and utility-scale energy projects around the world.

e-rickshaws and solar street lights

Jezza battery electric rickshaw

In regards to the impact of this change to solar power, Gagandeep Sethi, Director of Supply and Logistic for AB InBev, India told India’s The New Minute: “Turning this unit green means that we can save 1 million kilowatt hours of electrical energy for the beer we brew. Currently, we function at 80% of this but we will soon make it 100% renewable,” Ganagandeep Sethi added.

The brewery has also donated three e-rickshaws to the neighbouring village of Malliyuru for transporting villagers to the main road. Solar powered street lights have also been set up to increase the safety of women workers travelling to at odd hours “We will eventually illuminate an entire stretch of the village” said a spokesperson for AB In Bev.

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