Brown Distributing Co. and Freedom Solar Power have teamed up to install a 481 kW rooftop solar project atop the beverage distribution company’s Texas facility.
Brown Distributing is located on a 30-acre facility northeast of downtown Austin. The building features 125,000 square feet of warehouse space and 9,482 square feet of draught product refrigerated storage, as well as Brown Distributing’s corporate offices and fleet of more than 420 vehicles.
Comprising 1,458 SunPower panels and producing 658,014 kWh of electricity annually, the new solar array is expected to pay for itself within four-and-a-half years, save the company nearly $2 million over the next 25 years, and slash utility bills by an average of $4,300 per month.
“Solar is an obvious choice when it comes to the financial benefit, but it’s even more significant given the positive environmental impact,” says Laurie Brown, vice president of Brown Distributing. “We take great pride in ensuring that our operations are environmentally conscious, and we have a strong commitment to protecting and keeping our local communities clean.”
“After 2019, the current federal tax credit of 30 percent begins to decrease,” notes Bret Biggart, CEO of Freedom Solar Power, which installed turnkey solar systems throughout Texas. “By 2022, it will be down to just 10 percent. That should be a huge incentive for more forward-thinking, smart commercial business owners like Brown Distributing Co. to act quickly.”
In addition to selling a large variety of Anheuser-Busch InBev products (the Belgian beer maker that brews Budweiser and Bud Light), Brown Distributing also supplies an assortment of domestic, craft, import, and non-alcoholic brands.
Biggart adds, “Last year, Anheuser-Busch announced it would be 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2025. The proliferation of solar in commercial business is becoming a movement, and it’s one of many tipping points in the emerging acceptance of solar as the dominant energy source of the 21st century.”