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Lightsource BP signs deal for solar powered beer

20/12/2018
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You’ll soon be able to drink beer that’s been brewed with 100% renewable energy thanks to a new partnership between Lightsource BP and AB InBev (the brewer of Budweiser beer amongst other beverages) that’s been signed this week.
AB InBev has committed to sourcing all of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) will roll out 100 megawatts of solar power, making it the largest unsubsidised solar energy deal in UK history. Lightsource BP will fund, develop and operate solar installations that will generate enough electricity for AB InBev’s breweries (enough to power the equivalent of 18,000 homes).

The two breweries that will be the recipients of the solar power are based in Magor, South Wales and Samlesbury, Lancashire respectively. Combined, the two breweries produce over 17 million bottles and cans of Budweiser each week.

The new solar capacity is expected to be added and connected by Lightsource BP by the end of 2020 and all Budweiser brewed and sold in the UK will begin to feature a new symbol to encourage consumers to choose a beer brewed with 100% renewable electricity. The symbol, which has already rolled out across Budweiser in the US, is available for other businesses to use, in a move that the brewer hopes will help to shift consumer choice.
The deal inked between Lightsource BP and AB InBev this week is the largest unsubsidised solar energy deal in UK history.
(The deal inked between Lightsource BP and AB InBev this week is the largest unsubsidised solar energy deal in UK history. Image via Lightsource BP).

Commenting on the deal, Nick Boyle, Group CEO of Lightsource BP, said:

“Solar is cost-competitive, scalable, reliable and quick to deploy. Our partnership with AB InBev is further proof that solar power can now be delivered at a cost-competitive price. This deal will help transform the energy mix for one of the UK’s biggest brewers, contributing to the overall share of renewables production across the UK”.

“We have reached a pivotal point in the UK energy sector where unsubsidised solar is going to truly make its mark as the cheapest form of energy generation, even compared to wind. We are proud to be at the forefront of this transition with AB InBev, demonstrating that solar makes an ideal partner for corporate power”.

Aside from this UK-based deal, AB InBev has committed on a global level that by 2025 all of its purchased electricity will be derived from renewable sources, in what Jason Warner, Zone President for Europe at AB InBev, describes as being “about driving positive change in what people buy in their weekly shop, order in the pub or drink with friends”.

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