Green Genius to implement a new industrial solar PV-plus-storage solution for a sustainable brewery in Lithuania

Green Genius, a renewable energy company operating in 8 European countries, has entered into a novel Energy-as-a-Service power purchase agreement (PPA) with Lithuanian brewer Svyturys-Utenos Alus (SUA), part of the Carlsberg Group.  

As part of agreement, Green Genius will develop, construct, commission, and operate two first of their kind PV-plus-storage systems in Lithuania that will provide renewable energy to the Utenos alus brewery, and cover 100% of its annual demand with carbon-free electricity. The novel Energy-as-a-Service agreement is the first of its kind in Lithuania and in the Baltics more broadly, and accelerates progress towards the Carlsberg Group’s ZERO Carbon Footprint ambition.

The PPA agreement between the two parties is linked to Green Genius’s InnoSolveGreen project that has been recently recognised by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) under the Innovation Fund Small Scale Call 2021 for its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition of European industries towards carbon-free economy. The project’s total value is 7.5 M EUR, of which 2.6 M EUR is funded by the European Union Emissions Trading System – Innovation Fund, and Green Genius covers the rest. The InnoSolveGreen project will involve installation and commissioning of two PV-plus-storage systems. The first system (so-called on-site system) will be implemented at the site of SUA Utenos alus brewery in Utena city, Lithuania, by May 2024, while the second system (so-called off-site system) will be implemented at a new utility-scale site near Butrimonys town, Lithuania, and start its operations by January 2025.

Maximising solar PV capacity with battery energy storage systems 

The recent PPA agreement builds on an existing partnership between Green Genius and SUA that has been established back in 2018, when Green Genius installed a 1.0 MW solar PV plant on the Utenos alus brewery’s rooftops.

This time, during implementation of the InnoSolveGreen project, Green Genius will install a new additional 1.5 MW solar PV system on the remaining brewery’s rooftops, and increase the on-site solar PV capacity to a maximum extent. To accommodate this significant expansion without impeding local electrical grid, a 2.0 MWh battery energy storage system will be installed and efficiently deployed to meet the brewery’s electricity demands – at the right place, at the right time, and at the required scale.

Moreover, the on-site solar PV capacity will be complemented by a new 5.0 MW off-site utility-scale solar PV plant that will be developed near Butrimonys town, Lithuania. The Butrimonys off-site plant will not only feature the latest solar PV technology, but also demonstrate a 4.0 MWh battery energy storage system integrated in a novel DC-and-AC connected configuration. The off-site battery energy storage system and its unique configuration will demonstrate a pathway for renewables integration into limited capacity electrical grids, as well as increase the asset’s flexibility. Together, the Utenos alus on-site and Butrimonys off-site solar PV-plus-storage systems will enable SUA Utenos alus brewery to source 100% of its electricity from locally produced solar PV energy.

A pioneering example for Lithuania, the Baltic States, and the whole Europe 

Green Genius and SUA believe in the high potential and pioneering nature of the endeavour. The shared hope is for other Lithuanian and EU businesses observe and adopt the InnoSolveGreen solution, as they too work to decarbonise operations and build energy self-sufficiency.

Ruslanas Sklepovicius, CEO of Green Genius: “It will be the first autonomous green electricity solution for industrial users in the Baltic States. Therefore, we see this project as an essential milestone toward sustainability and energy independence in the region”.

Rolandas Virsilas, CEO of SUA, outlines the ambition: “We have clear commitments to the environment and our customers. Therefore, this project is undoubtedly important to us. For a long time, we have been using only electricity from renewable sources. Now we are raising the bar higher – we will use only local and only self-produced electricity that contributes new green electricity to the grid.

I believe that our example will encourage other Lithuanian businesses to take similar actions, because by investing in new green energy capacities, we are not only getting involved in the green transformation, but also taking care of Lithuania’s energy security, which, as the events of recent years show, is extremely important”.

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