California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Pacific Power Management, LLC recently completed the installation of Monterey County, California’s largest solar power plant — a 1-megawatt project that is now generating power for the Gonzales Winery. This adds to the list of wineries installing solar to reduce electricity costs and push the sustainable branding.
PPM financed, owns, and operates the system. Constellation Wines U.S. will buy the power generated from the system through a long-term power purchase agreement.
The 1-megawatt solar power plant is expected to generate over 1,700,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year providing approximately half of the winery’s total energy requirements. The power plant is comprised of 6,358 solar panels and two inverters. The system is estimated to annually reduce the facility’s carbon footprint in an amount equivalent to 1.6 million pounds of CO2, 1,636 pounds of SO2, and 2,909 pounds of NO2.