Winery Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Bricoleur Vineyards solar windsor SolarCraft

Sustainability has long been a priority for Bricoleur owners Mark and Elizabeth Hanson and daughter Sarah Hanson Citron – renewable energy ties in perfectly with their sustainable farming operations.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the 82 kW solar power system will lower their utility costs by almost $40,000 per year and reduce the environmental impact of their energy use.

The solar power system is roof mounted on Bricoleur’s Winery Barn, a multipurpose, approximately 10,000-square footentertaining space, consisting of 248 high-efficiency 330-watt solar panels.  The system will produce 114,884 kWh annually, offsetting 91% of their electrical bill.

“There’s a strong connection between the long-term health of a vineyard and the species that inhabit it.  Bricoleur Vineyards is a natural paradise where it’s not unusual to spot deer, wild turkeys, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, rabbits, geese, and ducks.  As Bay Area natives, we take it as a vital duty to preserve the fragile eco-system of Sonoma County in every way we can.”Mark Hanson, Owner, Bricoleur Vineyards

During the life of the system, over 2,030 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated.  This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by almost 202,000 miles of driving annually or the pollutants removed by 106 acres of
trees in one year.

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