New Belgium Brewing has installed a 446 kW solar PV system at its Asheville, North Carolina facility.

Installed by Renu Energy Solutions, the rooftop solar system features 1,063 modules capable of generating an estimated 620,000 kWh of electricity annually, about 10% of the onsite energy needs for New Belgium’s brewery, water treatment plant, and tasting room.

The 420W modules were manufactured by Hanwha Q CELLS.

“As we celebrate 10 years since announcing our move to Asheville with a brewery designed for rooftop solar, we’re thrilled to make good on our commitment to add more renewable energy to the grid,” said Jay Richardson, General Manager of New Belgium Brewing Asheville.

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This isn’t New Belgium’s first rooftop solar array, either.

A 200 kW solar PV system was installed on top of the company’s original Fort Collins brewery in 2010. In 2015, another 96 kW was added to the array. 

The company is also adding a 503.2 kW solar PV system, featuring 1,184 panels, to its east coast distribution centre in Enka, North Carolina. That system is also being installed by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Renu Energy Solutions.

New Belgium Brewing has a goal to become net-zero by 2030. Its flagship Fat Tire beer became America’s first carbon-neutral beer in 2020, the company said.

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