Solar panels fuel up brewery

Tadcaster MP Nigel Adams, left, takes a closer look at the solar panels installed on the roof at Heineken Brewer in the town with Martin Kochl, Brewery Manager. (S)
Tadcaster MP Nigel Adams, left, takes a closer look at the solar panels installed on the roof at Heineken Brewer in the town with Martin Kochl, Brewery Manager. (S)

In a first for larger-sized breweries in the UK, Heineken’s John Smith’s Brewery is now being fuelled by solar energy.

Over 4,000 solar panels will generate about 876 megawatt hours (MHW) each year, enough to power 185 homes.

Martin Kochl, Tadcaster’s Brewery Manager, said: “When laid out side by side, the panels would cover an area equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools.

“We are really proud that Tadcaster is now home to the biggest solar panel installation at any brewery in the UK.

“Sourcing the power we need to make our beers and cider from renewable energy sources like solar energy help us to reduce the environmental impact of our business and forms a key part of our sustainability programme, Brewing a Better World.”

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, who attended the launch last Friday, said: “Heineken’s investment is a strong endorsement of the role renewable energy can play in the community.

“This is a truly innovative and exciting development for the brewery and wider Tadcaster area, which I welcome whole-heartedly.”

Dany de Zeeuw, Sales Director at SolarAccess Sustainable Energy - the designer and developer behind the solar panels - said Tadcaster was the sixth solar project they had installed on a Heineken brewery worldwide.

“We’re excited to bring solar energy to Tadcaster,” he added.

Pictured: Tadcaster MP Nigel Adams and Heineken Brewery Manager Martin Kochi take a closer look at the solar panels in Tadcaster.