California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Pacific Power Management LLC (PPM) has installed the largest solar system in Monterey County, California. The 1-megawatt (MW) system is now generating solar power for the Gonzales Winery which is owned by Constellation Wines U.S. (CWUS), the world’s largest maker of wine by volume.
PPM financed, owns, and operates the system and Constellation Wines U.S. buys the power generated from the system through a long-term contract known as a power purchase agreement (PPA). The system could generate more than 1.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year providing approximately half of the winery’s total energy requirements.
The system uses PPM’s own proprietary aluminum racking system, a total of 6,358 solar panels and two inverters. The system is monitored by SolarWatch, PPM’s real time proprietary monitoring system.