Goose Island Beer Company

Chicago brewery Goose Island Beer Co. partnered with ForeFront Power to develop a 377 kW solar array on the rooftop of its Barrel House. The rooftop solar array will generate 484,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, helping Goose Island avoid 750,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, which is roughly equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 420 acres of forest annually. The Goose Island solar energy portfolio was completed through a partnership between Anheuser-Busch InBev and ForeFront Power to develop solar energy systems at eight breweries in the Brewers Collective, the craft business unit of Anheuser-Busch.

Serving the Chicago community since 1988, Goose Island brought new life into an industrial building built in the 1940s by opening its Barrel House in 2014. The Barrel House is a state-of-the-art, 139,000 sq. foot brewing facility and event space which is now home to more than 15,000 barrels of different sizes and varieties.

“Goose Island is proud to have completed a solar energy project atop our Barrel House,” said Todd Ahsmann, president of Goose Island Beer Co. “The ForeFront Power team helped make going solar a turnkey process, and we are pleased with our system’s performance, the utility savings it provides, and its positive contribution to our region’s climate goals. Goose Island is proof that if solar can work in the Windy City, it can work anywhere.”

Goose Island set a goal to power 100% of its operations with renewable energy, reduce water usage by 20%, and cut down on carbon emissions throughout its supply chain. With the help of the Barrel House rooftop solar array installed by ForeFront Power, Goose Island is achieving its renewable energy goals.

The Goose Island solar project is also part of a company-wide commitment from Anheuser-Busch to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources – a goal it achieved four years early. Through partnerships with leading renewable energy providers like ForeFront Power, all Anheuser-Busch Brewers Collective craft partner brewery and cidery locations now brew with 100% renewable electricity from wind and solar power.*

*Electricity is one type of energy Anheuser-Busch uses to brew.

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CustomerGoose Island Beer CompanySegmentPrivate SectorTypeRooftopCapacity377 kWYear2021LocationChicago, Illinois

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