California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Constellation Wines U.S. (CWUS) announced that it has begun installation of one of the largest solar power energy systems at a winery at its Gonzales Winery, located in Monterey County, California.
The 1-megawatt solar system will cover approximately 170,000 square feet of the winery’s main warehouse roof and could produce more than 1,700,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, providing approximately 50 percent of the winery’s total energy requirements. The installation is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The system will be capable of generating 1,176,230 watts of DC power and delivering 1,000,040 watts of AC power to the grid. The project is being supported by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The installation will include a total of 6,358 Mitsubishi 185-watt solar panels and the system will be managed and financed by Pacific Power Management.
“During the summer months, when the winery is not crushing grapes, the system will export enough electricity onto PG&E’s power lines to supply all of the electrical needs for about 25 percent of the roughly 1,695 households in Gonzales,” said Kelly McMahon, director of sales for Pacific Power Management.