Governor Cuomo Announces Completed 2.76 Megawatt Baldwinsville Solar Project to Serve Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch's Largest Off-Site Installation in the Nation, Enough to Brew Over 3 Million Cases of Beverages Annually

May 15, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a 2.76 megawatt solar project in Central New York. Located in the Town of Van Buren, Anheuser-Busch's Baldwinsville brewery is the sole off-taker of the commercial solar project, which complements "Central New York Rising," the region's comprehensive strategy to generate robust economic growth and community development, and supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's nation-leading 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.

"New York is making nation-leading investments in renewable energy resources that support our rapidly growing clean energy economy and provide businesses and residents with cleaner, more cost-effective energy," Governor Cuomo said. "This project exemplifies our efforts to support solar projects across the state that deliver meaningful environmental benefits, while spurring economic growth that will serve New Yorkers for generations to come."

"This significant solar project by Anheuser-Busch and AES Distributed Energy will use renewable energy sources and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "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."

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 which is comprised of more than 8,300 solar panels - making it Anheuser-Busch's largest off-site installation to date in the United States. Located six miles from the company's Baldwinsville brewery, the 2.76 megawatt array will produce over 3 million kilowatt-hours annually, the equivalent of providing enough to brew 3 million cases of beverages annually.

The solar array is owned and operated by AES Distributed Energy, Inc. and was developed to support Anheuser-Busch's ambitious 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.

NY-Sun is Governor 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 engaged in solar jobs across state. Businesses interested in learning more about solar energy can visit the NY-Sun website.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, "Governor Cuomo has made private-public partnerships the hallmark of the state's holistic approach to planning for the future and a critical part of New York becoming one of the fastest growing solar markets in the nation. We are excited to partner with AES Distributed Energy and Anheuser-Busch on their environmental stewardship through this project and their commitment to reducing emissions through renewable energy resources like solar."

Woody Rubin, President of AES Distributed Energy, said, "We applaud the State of New York for their leadership role in transitioning to renewables and Anheuser-Busch for their commitment to purchasing 100% renewable electricity. We are proud to support New York and Anheuser-Busch make progress towards meeting their objectives and accelerating a greener energy future with the Baldwinsville project."

Ingrid De Ryck, VP Procurement and Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch, said, "Our commitment to our communities and our environment go hand in hand. With this solar project, we are proud to continue investing in renewable energy in a community that our employees call home, bringing our sustainability goals to life right in our own backyard."

Senator Robert E. Antonacci said, "The completed 2.76 Megawatt Baldwinsville Solar project is a great asset to the region. Anheuser-Busch's Baldwinsville Budweiser brewery is leading us into the future and with this project comes great potential to generate economic growth and community development."

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli said, "Investing in renewable sources of energy for the future of the State of New York is a priority for both Governor Cuomo and the NYS Assembly. The completion of this 2.76 megawatt solar project which will serve the Anheuser-Busch facility in Baldwinsville is a huge step toward our goal to reduce carbon emissions and provide electricity from renewable sources like solar energy. This investment by Anheuser-Busch and the State will provide multiple environmental and economic benefits for many years to come."

Assemblyman Will Barclay said, "I'm pleased Anheuser-Busch can take advantage of incentives being offered to businesses that help provide more renewable energy such as solar. Hopefully this project will help offset energy costs for the plant."

New York State's Green New Deal

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Green New Deal, the nation's leading clean energy and jobs agenda, will aggressively put New York State on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality This initiative will provide for a just transition to clean energy, spurring the growth of the green economy and mandating New York's power be 100 percent clean and carbon-free by 2040, one of the most aggressive goals in the U.S. The cornerstone of this newly proposed mandate is a significant increase of New York's successful Clean Energy Standard to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030. As part of the unprecedented ramp-up of renewable energy, New York has already invested $2.9 billion into 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state as it significantly increases its clean energy targets, such as: quadrupling New York's offshore wind target to a nation-leading 9,000 megawatts by 2035; doubling distributed solar deployment to 6,000 megawatts by 2025; and deploying 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030. To support this ambitious work, NY Green Bank intends to use its expertise in overcoming financing gaps to foster greater environmental impacts per public dollar by raising over $1 billion in third party funds to expand climate financing availability across New York and the rest of North America.

Accelerating CNY Rising

Today's announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available at https://esd.ny.gov/central-ny-rising-uriLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

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