Tadcaster’s MP, Nigel Adams helped launch more than 4,000 solar panels to transform the home of John Smith’s into the largest green brewery in the UK.
In a first for larger-sized breweries in the UK, HEINEKEN’s John Smith’s Brewery, in North Yorkshire will be fuelled by solar energy as of today. The installation, utilising an array over 4,000 solar panels, will generate approximately 876 megawatt hours (“MWh”) 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 who is also vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group commented: “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 will be the sixth solar project we’ve installed on a HEINEKEN brewery worldwide. We’re excited to bring solar energy to Tadcaster.”