New Belgium Brewing Continues Major North Carolina Investments with Solar Installation at Asheville Brewery

The installation, completed by local solar company, Renu Energy Solutions, highlights the economic impact of clean  energy on local communities 

(Asheville, North Carolina – May 18th, 2022) – New Belgium Brewing today announced the completion of a large  solar installation at its Asheville, N.C., brewery – the latest in a long string of investments that began in 2014 when  the company completed construction on the 18.2-acre LEED Gold Certified brewery complex. The new 446 KW  Solar PV system, installed by Renu Energy Solutions, includes 1,063 modules spanning the facility’s 114,000 square foot roof, producing an estimated 620,000 kWh of electricity annually. 

The solar installation builds on other major investments at New Belgium’s Asheville brewery in the past two years – including a new canning line added in 2020, ten additional tanks to expand barrelage capacity installed just this  spring, and a beer garden expansion project debuting this summer – all which have enabled the creation of 50 new  jobs at New Belgium Asheville in the past two years alone. In addition, New Belgium has donated more than $1.4  million to 200 nonprofits across North Carolina since 2005 through the company’s longstanding commitment to give away $1 per barrel of beer sold

“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. “We’re inspired by so many North Carolina businesses that  have and will continue to make climate investments in our community, and we hope our own contributions to  climate action and resilience will help ensure Asheville remains a great place to live, work, visit, and drink world class, locally brewed beer for decades to come.” 

“The climate crisis is already harming our coworkers, our communities, and our customers here in Asheville and  across the country – not to mention threatening the future of beer itself,” said Katie Wallace, Director of  Environmental and Social Impact at New Belgium Brewing. “Renewable energy is an economic driver for  businesses like New Belgium and our outstanding local partners at Renu, and for residents in need of good-paying  jobs and clean air and water.” 

The new solar installation in Asheville more than doubles the solar power that New Belgium previously provided across both breweries, building on the company’s first rooftop solar initiative at its original Fort Collins brewery  back in 2010. Over 25 years, the renewable energy now being produced in Asheville will offset roughly 11,100 tons  of carbon dioxide, equivalent to eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 2,200 passenger cars  annually – or the CO2 emissions produced by around 1.1 million gallons of gasoline – according to the EPA’s  Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator. 

Climate change is a clear and catastrophic threat to the economy, our health, our communities, and the planet. Its  impacts are already widely experienced across business and society, and the science is clear that these impacts will  worsen in the coming decades. No industry is untouched by these impacts, but beer is especially at odds with this  new world. Traditional ingredients like barley would be far more expensive as growing regions shrink due to  increased temperatures. Extreme weather events and constant drought would cause the loss of entire crop years,  making perishable ingredients like hops and malt rare, at best.  

New Belgium embarked on its climate action journey three decades ago, as part of the company’s founding  principles established in 1991. Most recently, New Belgium’s flagship Fat Tire became America’s first certified  carbon neutral beer in 2020, and the company simultaneously committed to make the entire business carbon neutral by 2030. The company has published the entirety of its carbon neutral blueprint for businesses on  drinksustainably.com, a website dedicated to helping others join New Belgium on the road to carbon neutrality.  Building on a longstanding philanthropy and advocacy program. New Belgium first embarked on solar in 2010 with  a 200kW rooftop array on top of its Fort Collins brewery and later added a 96kW solar array in 2015. In 2014, they opened their LEED-certified brewery in Asheville. Solar panels were installed atop the liquid center when the  brewery was constructed, with plans to later add an additional array atop the brewhouse and production facility.  

Asheville’s recent solar installation was completed by Renu Energy Solutions. Headquartered in Charlotte, North  Carolina, Renu is the leading solar and energy storage installer in the Carolinas. The array at New Belgium  comprises of 420W solar panels and is Renu’s largest brewery install to date. Renu is also working on a solar  installation at New Belgium’s east coast distribution center in Enka, NC. Once complete, the 503.2kW PV array will consist of 1,184 panels. 

“We are honored to serve as New Belgium Brewing’s installation partner for their spectacular solar project in  Asheville, NC,” said Jay Radcliffe, CEO of Renu Energy Solutions. “With our shared commitment to the Asheville  community, our partnership with New Belgium showcases building renewable energy directly within a community,  placing clean energy production closest to where energy is consumed.”  

To learn more about New Belgium’s climate history and current initiatives, or to download the carbon neutral  toolkit, visit https://www.drinksustainably.com/.  

  

About New Belgium Brewing 

New Belgium was founded in 1991 in Fort Collins, Colo., by Kim Jordan, a social worker, who built her company the  only way a social worker would: People first. From the beginning, New Belgium established norms that were and  still are rare in the business world: fully paid healthcare premiums for all coworkers, paying a living wage, open book management, renewable energy sourcing, a free onsite medical clinic staffed by a doctor trained in trans  medicine, and much more – practices that, all together, represent a unique ‘human-powered’ business model that  has expanded over the years, especially in advocating for human-powered business practices among larger  companies. New Belgium is a certified B Corp with a 2030 Net Zero goal, maintains TRUE Zero Waste certification and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The company expanded to Asheville, N.C., in 2016; Denver,  Colo., in 2018, and San Francisco in 2021, and is currently the fastest-growing craft brewer in America. The  company is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger  IPA (America’s #1 IPA brand), Dominga Mimosa Sour, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale; as well as an award-winning  wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and  New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. 

About Renu Energy Solutions  

Renu Energy Solutions, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the leading solar and energy storage installer in the  Carolinas. Recognized by Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, Renu provides  high-quality residential, commercial, and non-profit renewable energy solutions throughout the Southeast United  States. With over 4,100 solar energy installations and 250 5-star reviews, Renu is the premium solar and energy  storage firm empowering a more sustainable community. To learn more, visit  

https://www.renuenergysolutions.com/