Sonoma Winery Adds More Solar to Increase Savings & Sustainability
Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft, recently completed the installation of a 121.22 kW solar power addition at Obsidian Wine Co. in Sonoma, CA. Increasing their solar output will further increase their utility savings by thousands and boost the sustainability of their operations.
SolarCraft installed two separate solar panel additions to existing arrays on their Sonoma wine warehouse. One solar addition of 68.02 kW and a second at 53.20 kW, each powering separate office suites within their winery warehouse facility. The combined 121.22 kW addition will provide 188,060 kWh of additional clean, green power to their operations every year.
Committed to sustainability, Obsidian Wines follows traditional and natural winemaking practices, in addition to utilizing renewable energy. Obsidian Wines are aged exclusively in barrels made from Tokaj oak by Kadar Hungary craftsmen, where the forests have been sustainably managed since 1769.
The combined solar electric system additions will offset 133 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year that would otherwise be emitted by fossil-fuel based utility power. This impact is equivalent to saving 309 barrels of oil, removing air pollution produced by over 335,000 miles of driving, or the pollutants removed by planting 163 acres of trees annually.
SolarCraft continues to provide clean energy and battery storage solutions throughout the North Bay while following strict health and safety protocols to protect employees, clients, and the community during the Coronavirus pandemic. SolarCraft is 100% Employee-Owned and has been one of the largest green-tech employers based in the North Bay for over 35 years. SolarCraft delivers Clean Energy Solutions for homes and businesses including Solar Energy and Battery Energy Storage. With over 8,500 customers, our team of dedicated employee-owners is proud to have installed more clean energy systems than any other company in the North Bay. www.solarcraft.com.
About Obsidian Wine Co.
Obsidian Wine Co. planted their first vineyard in 1999 amid red volcanic soils shot with black obsidian, and among abandoned walnut trees, overlooking a dormant volcano. Today, these Red Hills are proving to be the next great frontier in Cabernet Sauvignon. Co-Owners Michael Terrien, Peter Molnar and Arpad Molnar have farmed their own vineyards, coopered their own barrels and vinified their own wines from the start in 2002 when the first 98 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon were produced. They are family and employee owned – ensuring consistency and stability.
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