This forms part of a multibillion-rand investment to ensure 100% of electricity requirements at AB InBev's manufacturing sites across Africa come from renewable sources by 2025.
On site solar power at the seven SAB breweries will partially power each facility.
The installations are being implemented through a power purchase agreement (PPA) between AB InBev Africa and SOLA Group, allowing solar photovoltaic (PV) installations to be rolled out across AB InBev’s facilities without the company incurring capital costs.
Under the terms of the agreement, the company will buy the power from SOLA, with the balance of the electricity requirement to be met by State-owned Eskom and local municipalities.
The PPA’s will total around 8.7 MW of capacity.
In 2019, SOLA secured R400-million with partners from African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) and Nedbank to fund projects such as the AB InBev Africa solar facilities.
Combined, the plants will comprise over 23 000 solar panels, with the construction of the projects creating 175 jobs, in addition to SOLA’s 56 permanent positions.
AB InBev Africa’s PV systems will produce close to 14 GWh/y of electricity.
According to AB InBev and SAB procurement and sustainability VP Taryn Rosekilly, this step by AB InBev Africa highlights the private sector’s strong drive towards reducing its carbon emissions.