According to the Tanzania Daily, the initiative started with the installation of solar panels and other accessories at Mbeya beer production plant.
TBL’s technical director Gavin Van Wijk said: “Going solar is a huge step for us. It is something we have been working toward for a number of years and has become the first beer production facility in East Africa Region to go solar.”
Van Wijk continued: “We are proud to be able to say our facility is making a contribution to easing the country’s energy problems.”
Van Wijk highlighted that the solar technology was advanced in Germany, with the capacity to suffice 30% of the required energy at the plant.
“At the moment, some 420 solar panels have already been installed to mark end of phase one of the project.
“This was initial production level, which before end of next year, more solar panels will be added to bring to 700kW the total energy required for a full-swing production level away from the current supply solely from the national power grid,” he said.
Van Wijk said Mbeya was an ideal location for solar energy production due to long hours of sunshine and dry spells, media reported.
He also disclosed that the application of solar energy would be extended to other production units located in different parts of the country.
In 2015, ESI Africa reported that the South African Cape Brewing Company (CBC), based in the Western Cape Province, also opted for the use of solar technology to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply at its facility.
CBC partnered with renewable energy firm E3 Energy, to produce South Africa’s first commercially available ‘green beer’ which uses solar heated water in the brewing process.
It was reported that the solar power system, which is installed on CBC premises, includes 12m² × 10m² solar thermal collectors, which transfer heat to a 10,000 litre water storage container through a heat-exchange station.
The project objective was to reduce the brewery’s paraffin fuel costs by a minimum of 50%, while at the same time reducing the manufacturer’s carbon footprint and production costs.