Project Description

Commission Date:

November 2011


Turbine:

GE SLE 1.5 MW


Avg. Wind Speed:

13.6 MPH


Annual Production:

3500 MWh


Carbon Offset:

3003 Tons


Power Equivalent:

399 Homes


Anheuser-Busch’s Fairfield Brewery Gets Greener

Anheuser Busch – Fairfield, California. For the past several years, the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fairfield has been investigating and implementing a variety of technologies to improve its environmental performance and help build on the company’s long legacy of environmental stewardship. The latest alternative energy technology to be introduced at the brewery is the installation of a 300-foot tall 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, to be fully operational in early November. The project has been developed through a partnership with Foundation Windpower and will eventually supply the brewery with 3.5 million kWh annually or approximately 10 percent of its electricity needs.

Anheuser-Busch has a long tradition of environmental stewardship, dating back to the late 1800s when Adolphus Busch began recycling spent grain as cattle feed, a practice that continues today. The brewer actively embraces environmentally sound technologies in its operations, with the mission to brew, package and ship the freshest, highest quality beer in the world in the most efficient and responsible manner possible.

“We are really fortunate here in Fairfield to have the opportunity to engage so many various types of alternative energy sources to help power our operation,” said Kevin Finger, general manager of the Anheuser-Busch Fairfield brewery. “When the external conditions are right, we’ll have the capacity to produce up to 50 percent of the brewery’s electricity needs via wind and solar power.”

“When the external conditions are right, we’ll have the capacity to produce up to 50 percent of the brewery’s electricity needs via wind and solar power.”
Kevin Finger – General Manager, Anheuser Busch