PowerLight PV System Installed at Winery

PowerLight Corporation completed installation of an on-site solar generation system at Domaine Carneros’ new Pinot Noir winery in the Napa Valley.

Napa Valley, California – April 4, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The installation, which features a 120 kW solar electrical system, is the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at a U.S. winery. When fully operational, this solar system will generate the equivalent energy during the daytime to power as many as 120 homes, substantially reducing Domaine Carneros’ operating costs. The new PowerLight solar generation system is being installed in the new Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir winemaking facility, currently under construction at the winery. The solar array covers 9,400 square feet of the new facility, situated directly behind Domaine Carneros’ renowned chateau. Once it’s operational, the solar system will give Domaine Carneros the capability to supply up to 40 percent its entire electricity needs both at the Domaine Carneros chateau and its Pinot Noir facility. “The installation of photovoltaic panels at our brand-new Pinot Noir facility marks a significant milestone in our continuing efforts to achieve sustainability in the production of premium wines,” said Eileen Crane, president and Winemaker for Domaine Carneros. “PowerLight’s solar electric system will helps us to generate clean energy at our winery as well as greatly conserve our energy resources.” By investing in on-site solar generation, Domaine Carneros is integrating solar electricity into its energy mix, thereby lowering operating costs and reducing purchases of expensive peak electricity. Additionally, PowerLight’s solar rooftop system will provide thermal insulation to reduce air conditioning costs in the new facility, which must be maintained to have a steady temperature year-round. Other energy-saving measures Domaine Carneros will employ in the new facility include skylights, heavy insulation and energy-efficient equipment.

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