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State: Solar project serving Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Buren is complete

By Eric Reinhardt


VAN BUREN, N.Y. — The state has announced the completion of a nearly $5 million solar project that will service the Anheuser-Busch brewery in the town of Van Buren.

Located six miles from the company’s brewery near Baldwinsville, the 2.76 megawatt array will produce over 3 million kilowatt-hours annually, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Wednesday news release.

It is the equivalent of providing enough to brew 3 million cases of beverages annually.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), through the NY-Sun program, provided over $1.1 million in support for the array. It includes more than 8,300 solar panels, making it Anheuser-Busch’s largest off-site installation to date in the U.S., Cuomo’s office said.

Officials on Wednesday announced the completion of a 2.76 megawatt solar project that will service the Anheuser-Busch brewery in the town of Van Buren. (Photo credit: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Twitter page)

 The solar array is owned and operated by Boulder, Colorado–based AES Distributed Energy, Inc. and was developed to support Anheuser-Busch’s goal to purchase 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Anheuser-Busch already secures 50 percent of its purchased electricity from wind power, “which is more than the amount of electricity required to brew Budweiser beer in the U.S. each year,” per the news release.

“This significant solar project by Anheuser-Busch and AES Distributed Energy will use renewable energy sources and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said in the news release. “The investment, as part of NY-Sun, continues our efforts to attract and spur cutting-edge projects that save consumers money and advances New York's nation-leading clean energy goals. The solar facility helps to protect the environment, creating job opportunities and growing the economy of Central New York."

Hochul attended the event and and announced the project’s completion.

The project complements “Central New York Rising,” the region’s comprehensive strategy to generate robust economic growth and community development, and supports Cuomo’s “Green New Deal” which calls for 70 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 and 6,000 megawatts of solar by 2025.

NY-Sun is Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to having a “sustainable, self-sufficient” solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York has increased more than 1,500 percent and leveraged nearly $3.5 billion in private investments.

These investments have supported nearly 12,000 people working in solar jobs across state, per the news release.


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