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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery

Sun Shines on Alexander Valley Vineyard

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Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 190 kW solar electric panel system at Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery in Geyserville, CA. This historic Alexander Valley property is now powered by renewable, clean energy while enjoying lower utility costs.

Now, with a 190 kW solar power system, electrical use on all contiguous parcels of the 450-acre estate will be offset. In other words, with virtual net metering, most energy usage by Robert Young Estate winery, vineyards, residences, and other buildings will be offset by solar energy. This solar power system will immensely reduce the carbon footprint on the estate and save millions of dollars over many years of operation.

Jim Young, CEO of Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery said “This solar array system is an important part of our continued commitment to farm and produce wines sustainably for generations to come.”

The solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted on a small hillside at the west end of the vineyards and consists of 582 SunPower high-efficiency 327-watt solar panels. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 315,207 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, eliminating most of their electrical costs.

The system’s solar electric panels allow the Winery to generate enough electricity to spare the air more than 12 million lbs. of C02 gases annually. Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 20 million miles of driving. That’s comparable to the air pollution removed by 106 acres of trees.

About Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery
Immigrating from upstate New York to California for the Gold Rush, Peter Young, grandfather of Robert Young, settled on a 206-acre ranch southeast of Geyserville, California in 1858. He was among the pioneers who literally built the community of the Alexander Valley. From wheat and cattle to prunes and now wine grapes, throughout six generations, the Scions of Robert Young have sustained a unique balance of dedication to and preservation of the land.

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SolarCraft Appoints New President/CEO

North Bay Solar Energy Leader Sees Very Bright Future

SolarCraft President/CEO Avner DaabulNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar electric and solar pool heating system installation, announced today the appointment of Avner Daabul as the new President/CEO.  Mr. Daabul brings more than 20 years of leadership and experience in the electrical and renewable energy field to his new role having previously served as Director of Operations at SolarCraft.

Beginning July 1, Daabul will replace Bill Stewart who is stepping down from handling day to day activities as SolarCraft has transitioned to a wholly employee owned and operated company.  Stewart will retain the title of Chairman and will still be working on behalf of SolarCraft as well as continuing efforts to promote the solar industry.

”Avner has proven to us all that he has the skills and dedication to take this leadership position”, says Bill Stewart, President.  “I sincerely feel that the new management team of long time employees who know the business is in the best interest of the company.  The ESOP allows Dennis Nuttman and I to step aside as the company continues to operate and thrive, driven by the spirit of employee ownership.”

SolarCraft has also announced several key additions to the new management team with promotions of Pat Knoff to Controller and Brian Costa to Director of Operations.

As Daabul takes the reigns during this exciting time in the Company’s evolution, SolarCraft is well position to continue its growth and gain market share in the ever expanding solar energy market.  “I am honored and appreciate the opportunity to help lead the continued growth of SolarCraft,” said Daabul.  “I look forward to working closely with our outstanding team in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and a successful future for SolarCraft.”

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