'Bud Light' to power US brewery

Anheuser-Busch expects to have a 1.6MW wind turbine named “Bud Light” in full operation in October at its Fairfield brewery in Northern California, the latest example of US companies embracing utility-scale wind power at their manufacturing operations.

The GE unit will join 1.5MW sister “Budweiser” installed in November 2011 at the facility.

Anheuser-Busch, part of Belgium’s AB InBev, says the second turbine will increase onsite alternative energy generation capacity to 4.1MW, or 30% of the brewery’s electricity needs.

“Increasing energy efficiency through wind reflects our commitment to reducing environmental impact while producing the best beers in the world,” says Tony Sanfillipo, general manager, Fairfield brewery.

This is the second wind energy facility financed by Seminole Financial Services for Foundation Windpower, which is erecting the turbine and will sell the electricity to the plant.

In addition to the wind turbines, the brewery’s energy efficiency and conservation efforts include seven acres of solar arrays, a bio-energy recovery system (BERS), recycling and water conservation efforts.