Solar PV provides enough electrical power to brew entire range of beers

April 25th, 2013 by Wieckse

Photovoltaic panels from SolarAccess cover the Wieckse brewery roof in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (click image to expand - image courtesy of Wieckse)

Photovoltaic panels from SolarAccess cover the Wieckse brewery roof in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (click image to expand – image courtesy of Wieckse)

Wieckse, market leader in the Dutch weiss beer segment, will brew beers using solar power as the sole source of energy.

This will be highlighted on new packaging that will appear in supermarkets, bars and restaurants from April 2013.

A total of 3,632 solar panels have been installed on the roof of their brewery in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

The nominal solar power capacity is 908 kWp and the system is expected to produce 855,000 kWh of electricity every year.

This is enough to provide all the electrical power required by the brewing processes for the company’s entire range of beers – Wieckse, Wieckse Witte, Wieckse Rosé and both non-alcoholic beers.

The panels that generate the solar power were supplied by SolarAccess.

Marie Monique van der Salm, Wieckse’s Marketing Manager, said “as the market leader in the weiss beer segment and a company that cares passionately about our habitat, Wieckse wants to contribute to creating a balanced environment.”

Standing on the Wieckse brewery roof in ’s-Hertogenbosch surrounded by SolarAccess photovoltaic panels are, from left to right, Dany de Zeeuw, Sales Director of SolarAcces; Marie Monique van der Salm, Wieckse Marketing Manager; and Pieter van der Meulen, MD of the brewery in 's-Hertogenbosch (click image to expand - image courtesy of Wieckse)

Standing on the Wieckse brewery roof in ’s-Hertogenbosch surrounded by SolarAccess photovoltaic panels are, from left to right, Dany de Zeeuw, Sales Director of SolarAcces; Marie Monique van der Salm, Wieckse Marketing Manager; and Pieter van der Meulen, MD of the brewery in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (click image to expand – image courtesy of Wieckse)

“An image of the sun has figured prominently in the centre of our brand logo for years, so actually using solar energy to produce the power required for brewing our beers is both a dream come true and a logical step for Wieckse,” she said.

Dany de Zeeuw, Sales Director of SolarAccess, said “this is a unique project. In the context of the Dutch private sector, Wieckse is the only company to have implemented a solar power project of this scale without government funding.”

Pieter van der Meulen, Managing Director of the brewery in ’s-Hertogenbosch where Wieckse is brewed, said “following on from becoming a signatory of the ’s-Hertogenbosch energy covenant (Bossche energieconvenant), this is a further key step in making our brewing process more sustainable.”

 

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