VB Beer made using 100% Solar PV Power


Good news for those that enjoy a frothy pint! Victoria Bitter (VB) beer will now be made using 100% Solar PV Power. So, if you’re ready for a guilt-free afternoon head down to the pub and raise a glass to our Australian renewable breweries.

Victoria BitterSourced from Victoria Bitters

Carlton & United Breweries’ (CUB), owners of the VB brand, made the big announcement through yet another one of their iconic ads.

By signing a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement with the 112MW Karadoc Solar Farm in Mildura, VB aims to offset 100% of its manufacturing energy with solar power.

In addition, VB also plans to install rooftop solar panels on its Abbotsford Brewery in Melbourne and the Yatala Brewery in Queensland.

Chris Maxwell, Victoria Bitters Marketing Director highlights “Australia’s most iconic beer will soon be one of the most sustainable too­­ – for over 165 years we’ve been satisfying the hard-earned thirsts of hard-working Australians who have had the sun beating down on their backs. Now we’re going to get the sun working for us.”

Maxwell goes on to say, “As a brand that is manufactured in Australia, we need to do our bit for the environment to ensure we can continue brewing for centuries to come.”

“So, the next time the sun is making you hot, just remember it’ll also be making you a cold.”

Solar Powered Breweries

VB however isn’t the only Aussie brewing company switching to solar PV. These Aussie breweries have also been harnessing solar rays down under:

  1. The Grove Distillery, Busselton, WA

The Grove Distillery, Café and Brewery is the first-ever off-grid distillery in the country. Powered entirely by solar, The Grove Distillery is completely energy autonomous. We’ll drink to that!

  1. Young Henry’s, Sydney NSW

Young Henry’s solar journey began when a community fundraiser managed to raise $17,500 in just nine minutes for the solar installation. As a result, a 30kW solar system was installed- supplying around 25% of the brewer’s total energy consumption.

  1. Helios Brewing, Brisbane QLD

This brewery’s commitment to solar is all in the name (Helio’s meaning the Greek God of Sun). With an epic solar installation of 56 X 335PV solar panels and a 15kW inverter, this brewery not only completely powers its processes it also exports 40% of the power generated to the grid on non-brewing days.

  1. Grand Ridge Brewery, Gippsland, VIC

As one of the oldest craft breweries in the country, Grand Ridge adopted the use of solar back in 2014. With around 384 solar panels, the brewery covers the majority of its energy use through solar.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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