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Monticello Vineyards in Napa Valley Installs Solar Power

Corley Family Harvests their Own Power

Monticello2Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 177 kW DC solar installation at Monticello Vineyards in Napa, CA. The photovoltaic (PV) system is expected to offset 95% of their utility bill helping Monticello save thousands every month in electrical costs.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, a leading North Bay solar installer for over 30 years, the solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted on the east end of the property adjacent to the vineyards. The solar PV system consists of 540 high-efficiency SunPower 327-watt solar panels, designed to produce 280,000 kilowatt hours annually.

“After a very exhaustive search and after multiple interviews with customers of theirs we chose SolarCraft for our solar installation,” commented Kent Corley. “From the very earliest planning phase all the way to receiving permission to operate, SolarCraft’s team was with us every step of the way and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”

The solar power system at Monticello Vineyards represents one of the many wineries who are making the switch to solar power to reduce their electric bills while helping to protect the environment. Vintners are realizing that the sun not only ripens their grapes, but provides sustainable power to their wineries as well.

During the life of the system, almost 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by the Monticello’s operations will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by more than 17 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 93 acres of trees in one year. The nearly maintenance-free system should pay for itself within 7 years.

About Monticello Vineyards
Monticello Vineyards is truly a family run winery and their first vintage dates from 1980. Jay Corley, came to Napa Valley in 1969 seeking land to plant and grow an estate vineyard. Forty plus years later, sons Kevin, Chris, Stephen and Kent manage the winery: Kevin is the Winegrower/ President, Chris is the Winemaker, Stephen is the Director of Wine Sales, and Kent handles corporate issues and special projects. It’s a small winery producing approximately 15,000 cases of wine annually under the Monticello Vineyards and CORLEY labels.

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Solar Panels Now Power Napa Valley Country Club

Premier Napa Valley Golf Course Now Powered by Solar

Solar power napa, solar napa, napa valley solar, Napa GolfNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 251 kW solar power system at Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, CA. The picturesque, private golf course is now powered by renewable, green energy.

The solar electric system is ground mounted on a hillside above the golf course. It consists of 870 high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 17,610 square feet. The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 363,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The new solar power system allows Napa Valley Country Club to generate enough electricity each day to power over 57 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 105 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 6 million miles of driving.

The Napa Valley Country Club will enjoy free energy from the sun and thousands in utility savings many decades to come.Solar power napa, solar napa, napa valley solar, Napa Golf

About Napa Valley Country Club
Napa Valley Country Club is the only entirely private country club in Napa County. Nestled in the hills of the Napa Valley this 6,148-yard, par 72-layout rolls through the countryside in grand fashion. The original front nine fairways were cut out of tall grass with wild oats as rough in 1917 by a group of Napa Valley businessmen. The back nine was completed in 1990, designed by Ronald Fream. Gorgeous scenery, an abundance of wildlife, and beautiful natural surroundings make a round at Napa Valley Country Club seem more like a stroll through a nature wonderland.

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