Wine Co-op Dedicates Two Major Solar Arrays

The Wine Service Co-Operative, a major wine storage and distribution center for wines, dedicated a 428 kW solar electric system for its Napa Valley facilities.

Comprised of two solar electric systems (197 kW and 231 kW), the projects are installed atop the Wine Co-op’s St. Helena and South Napa facilities. PowerLight, the project installer, said the two solar arrays will generate enough electricity during the day to power over 400 homes, and, combined with energy efficiency measures, provide up to 100 percent of the facilities’ annual energy needs, substantially reducing operating costs. The solar arrays, which consist of 2,085 high efficiency solar modules manufactured by Sharp, cover a total of 38,000 square feet. In addition to solar generation, PowerLight deployed energy-saving lighting upgrades at the Napa warehouse using high efficiency, high output linear fluorescent technology. Additional energy efficiency measures performed by the Wine Co-op included additional insulation in the roofing system, and the replacement of air conditioning package units. When combined with the lighting upgrades, the solar generation system will substantially eliminate the facilities annual electricity requirements. “The installation of solar power at our wine storage and distribution facility marks a step forward in our continuing efforts to reduce costs for our members while helping to achieve sustainability,” said Bob Holmes, General Manager, Wine Service Co-Operative. The Co-op is on track to receive a $1,425,866 rebate from Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s self-generation incentive program, which helps pay the cost of on-site electric generating systems utilizing either solar, wind or fuel cells, or micro turbine or internal combustion engine cogeneration systems. “As a solar energy supporter who’s recently installed a solar array at my winery, it was the logical next step to recommend to my Wine Co-op colleagues that they purchase a solar electric system,” said John Williams, president of Frog’s Leap Vineyards. “By deploying solar power, the Wine Co-op will realize the environmental and economic benefits of this technology.”
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