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Commercial Solar Case Study, Wine Country Shipping

Wine Industry Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Wine Country solar energyWine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars have gone green — the leading shipper and wine storage facilities are now powered by the sun. SolarCraft completed the design and installation of a 89.7 kW solar electric system at their facility to help off-set the high utility bills and power usage. The 25,000 square-feet of temperature controlled warehouse space maintains a constant 58 degrees and is now run on solar power.

The roof-mounted solar system utilizes 390 Centrosolar 230 watt panels and spans 6,831 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building. Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load. Each panel is controlled by an individual micro-inverter manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters will allow the rest of the solar modules to produce at full capacity no matter how many panels are soiled or partially shaded. Micro-inverters greatly increase the overall system efficiency.

The system’s photovoltaic panels generate approximately 119,791 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing over 80% of Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellar’s electric needs with clean, renewable energy. The solar power produced each day is enough to power 45 average homes and spares the air nearly 79 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 5.5 million miles of driving.

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System Specifications
System Size 89.7 kW DC
76.1 kW AC
Location Windsor, CA
Solar Panel (390) CentroSolar 230 W
Inverter (390) Enphase Energy M190
Mounting System ProSolar
Estimated Annual kWh 119,791
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars provide shipping and storage services for over 150 wineries, helping with Tasting Room orders, Wine Clubs, Wine Writer shipments and Seasonal Mail Order Releases. With 25,000 square feet of temperature controlled warehouse space in two separate buildings in Windsor, Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars provides a full range of shipping and storage options for tasting rooms, retail outlets and hotels, as well as direct to consumer wine shipping and personal wine storage.

“It is a good thing to look at solar as an alternative energy source. I wanted to reduce my dependency on PG&E and it is an environmentally good thing to do. It made sense economically and environmentally. It’s the wave of the future.”
~ Dan Laskoski, Owner

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