US brewery orders a tall one
'Bud Light' turbine to join 'Budweiser' at Anheuser-Busch site in California
US brewery Anheuser-Busch is installing a second wind turbine at its Fairfield facility in Northern California.
The 1.6MW machine, to be named Bud Light, will top the plant’s renewables capacity up to 4.1MW, or 30% of its electricity needs.
The site also boasts seven acres of solar arrays, a bio-energy recovery system and recycling and water conservation schemes.
The first 1.5MW wind turbine at Fairfield (pictured) was developed using a $3.5m loan facility from Seminole Financial Services in 2011.
“Increasing energy efficiency through wind reflects our commitment to reducing environmental impact while producing the best beers in the world,” said Fairfield brewery general manager Tony Sanfillipo.
Resident engineer Damon Waker added: “Expanding our alternative energy use allows us to be increasingly efficient with natural resources. We look forward to having the turbine fully operational in October.”
The Fairfield brewery has reduced its overall water use by 47% since 2007. It also recycles more than 99% of the solid waste used in the brewing and packaging processes.
Image: Seminole Financial Services