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Novato Solar Energy Case Study, Selchau Family

Energy-independent Selchau Family Charges EV with Sun’s Free Energy

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Project Overview
Location Novato, CA
System Size 4 kW
Surface Area 281 sq. ft.
Product Renesola 250 watt
Production 5,777 Wh/year
# of Solar Panels 16

The Selchau family took energy conservation measures before installing a solar PV system, including purchasing an Electric Vehicle (EV). Enjoying clean driving and lower fuel expenses, the Selchau family was still concerned about high energy prices, global warming and achieving energy independence. Solar power for their home was an easy decision.

After speaking to several solar integrators, the Selchau family chose SolarCraft, for its professional service, longevity and knowledge in the industry. After they flipped the switch to solar, they realized immediate savings with a 92% reduction in their monthly electrical bill. Now they can charge their EV any time and with skyrocketing energy prices, not having a fuel or electric bill is a big plus.

Roof mounted, the solar panels help protect the roof as well as help insulate the home. The system consists of 16 solar panels, each controlled by an Enphase micro-inverter. In this configuration, each panel is linked to a micro-inverter to maximize energy production and reduce the impact from shading. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10 – 12%.

solar panels for homesBenefits

  • Saves the Selchau family nearly $2,400 in electric bills annually
  • Shields the Selchau’s from future electrical rate increases
  • Will reduce CO2 emissions by 2.5 tons annually, equivalent to eliminating over 6,000 miles of driving each year.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Martine’s Wines

North Bay Wine Importer Turns to Solar, Cuts Power Bill

winery solar panels, wine solar, solar panels novatoNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 20 kW solar electric system at Martine’s Wines in Novato, CA. An importer and wholesaler of exceptional foreign wines, Martine’s Wines is now utilizing clean solar power and saving thousands in utility fees every year.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted and consists of 66 Canadian Solar 305-watt solar panels, spanning nearly 1,365 square feet. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and are expected to generate approximately 29,436 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, reducing their PG&E bills by 94% and providing clean energy to their warehouse facility.

“My warehouse is specially designed for the storage of wines. I need 24 hours a day refrigeration and therefore a lot of electric power,” said Martine’s Wines founder, Martine Saunier. “Where we are located in Novato, it is very sunny all year round. It was a reasonable decision to install solar panels on the roof with a reputable company such as SolarCraft.”

By installing solar, a cost-effective and sustainable energy solution, Martine’s Wines can expect to eventually save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs over the life of the system, and recoup the cost of installing the system in 7 years.

The new solar power system will allow Martine’s Wines to generate enough electricity to power 9 average homes and will avoid production of almost 577 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 1.8 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by over 9.9 acres of trees.

About Martine’s Wines
Martine Saunier started her business in 1979 because she couldn’t find anything exceptional to drink. In doing so, she became the first woman to import wines into the United States. Ms. Saunier is known to oenophiles everywhere as the woman who discovered Henri Jayer, Château Rayas and Denis Mortet, and is credited for introducing Domaine Leroy to the United States market. In December 2012, the celebrated wine importer and wholesaler came under a new generation of ownership. The new company will continue doing business as Martine’s Wines, and Ms. Saunier will remain on board with the new owners.

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