Newsflash: AP figures out that Napa wineries are going solar

by TrevR on October 15, 2007

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It’s always fun to see the mainstream media pick-up on a story that’s been covered in the blogosphere for several months. Over the weekend, the AP published an article about the growing trend of Napa Valley wineries going solar–something we’ve covered previously on several occasions.

Here’s an excerpt from the AP story:

Factors driving the California winery solar connection include relatively high electricity rates coupled with abundant sunshine. Wineries make good candidates for solar power because they tend to use power when it’s sunniest, at harvest.

And with the threat of global warming looming, vintners have a strong incentive not to do anything to contribute to climate change that could spoil growing conditions, said Bernadette Del Chiaro, clean energy advocate with Environment California.

Installing solar isn’t cheap, but with rebates available and a system that allows vintners to plug directly into the conventional grid, rather than having to pay for and deal with storage batteries, the option is becoming attractive to a number of wineries.

Frog’s Leap WineryAmong the Napa wineries to get love from the AP are Frog’s Leap, Long Meadow Ranch, Far Niente and others.

You can check out the full story, which is actually a decent read, here.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Frog's Leap Winery, Frog's Leap, Far Niente, Far Niente Winery, Long Meadow Ranch]

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