Solar-Powered Wineries

5 wineries that beat Google to the solar-panel switch


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Solar-Powered Wineries Last week, Google announced a $280 million dollar deal with SolarCity, a solar paneling company that will build and lease solar power systems to between 7,000 and 9,000 homeowners, according to Reuters.  This is Google’s largest investment yet and sends a major message about its trust in clean, renewable energy.

While this is major economic news, it isn't news to many wineries who were years ahead of the pack using solar panels as a way to reduce their carbon footprint. With wineries from California to New Zealand making use of solar paneling, similar to those made by SolarCity, it was about time Google jumped on the bandwagon!

Check out our short list of wineries using solar energy and their wines. Be sure to let us know what you think of wineries using solar power below!

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  • Schramsberg Vineyards is soon to follow!!

    Jun 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM


  • Snooth User: polabear
    356468 1

    Chappellet on Pritchard Hill has been solar powered for several years...

    Jun 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM


  • Snooth User: katthalia
    210888 2

    Staglin Vineyards adds to your list as long running on solar-power.

    Jun 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM


  • Once again we see these wineries being forward-thinking

    Jun 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM


  • Cline Cellars and the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, located in Sonoma, are totally solar powered and have been for several years.

    Jun 20, 2011 at 5:54 PM


  • Snooth User: colleenmairead
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    142260 12

    Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery in NY just switched to solar energy in November 2011: http://www.brotherhood-winery.com/

    Jun 20, 2011 at 7:14 PM


  • Rinoco does not use GE products. What is a GE product? General Electric is the only thing that came to my mind.

    Jun 20, 2011 at 7:36 PM


  • Snooth User: gvuc
    760642 5

    Dutcher Crossings in Dry Creek Valley and Preston Vineyard is Dry Creek are both totally Solar Powered. Preston Vineyards is doing biodynamic farming as well. Olive Oil, Bread, Fresh Vegetables, Fruit, etc. A wonderful place. Both Dutcher and Preston have been solar powered for years and both make some of the best Zin in the Valley.

    Jun 20, 2011 at 11:38 PM


  • Snooth User: John Cant
    873907 1

    Another solar technology that makes perfect sense for wineries is Solar Thermal. These systems are designed to heat water for production facilities. They are extremely efficient, offer major financial incentives, and blend nicely with wineries. We recently installed such a system at Kunde Winery in Kenwood.
    Citizen Green Solutions/ John Cant

    Jun 27, 2011 at 3:24 PM


  • 2010 AUGUST - Priam Vineyards, Colchester, CT Becomes First Solar Powered Winery in New England
    Priam Vineyards has completed an installation of solar panels that will
    completely power the winery, making it 100% green, and the first solar powered winery in New England. Special thanks to Gro Solar and Zelek Electric for a beautiful job.
    Read more about it in the Hartford Courant article.
    Priam Vineyards Harnessing The Sun Even More - Hartford Courant
    http://articles.courant.com/2010-08...

    2010 DECEMBER - Priam Vineyards Completes Phase Two of Solar Installation
    Priam Vineyards has completed a second installation of 30 solar panels, approx. 9Kw, in addition to the existing 50 panel system, 11.5 Kw, that will now bring their production up to 36000Kw, completely powering all parts of the winery, as well as feeding back to the grid.

    Jun 27, 2011 at 11:08 PM


  • Snooth User: Dan Arendt
    1119915 14

    Also check out Stellar Energy Completes 454 kW Solar PV Project for Jordan Vineyard & Winery
    Venerable winery virtually eliminates their utility electrical bill with solar energy
    http://www.stellarenergy.com/case-s...

    Jul 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM


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