As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship from ‘seed to sip,’ Anheuser-Busch is installing a second wind turbine at its Fairfield brewery in Northern California this week. The nearly 400-foot tall turbine will generate 1.6 megawatts of electricity and brings the Fairfield brewery’s total alternative energy generation up to 4.1 megawatts, or 30 percent of the electricity needs for the brewery*.
“Increasing energy efficiency through wind reflects our commitment to reducing environmental impact while producing the best beers in the world,” said Tony Sanfillipo, general manager, Fairfield brewery.
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.
“Expanding our alternative energy use allows us to be increasingly efficient with natural resources,” said Damon Waker, resident engineer, Fairfield brewery. “We look forward to having the turbine fully operational in October.”
The Fairfield brewery has reduced its overall water use by 47 percent since 2007. The brewery also recycles more than 99 percent of the solid waste used in the brewing and packaging processes.
*estimates based on normal operating conditions