Dry Creek Winery Harvests the Power of the Sun
Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 165 kW DC solar system at Comstock Wines in Healdsburg, CA. While they have been growing grapes in Dry Creek since 2002, their winery opened in 2015. The system is designed to produce 205,000 kWh annually and expected to offset 80-90% of their utility bills helping Comstock save thousands every month in electrical costs. Having a solar powered facility also reflects the values of Comstock in protecting the environment and the beauty and health of wine country in particular.
“Sustainability is very important to us, here at Comstock Wines,” stated Kelly Comstock-Ferris. “We are thrilled to have a system, designed for our needs, that helps reduce our impact on the environment while simultaneously supplying us with the energy we need to do what we love!”
Designed and installed by SolarCraft, a leading North Bay solar installer for over 35 years, the solar photovoltaic system is mounted on south-facing roof of the winery for maximum sun exposure, and minimal aesthetic impact as it faces away from the entrance. SolarCraft was also commissioned to design and install a 22 kW DC solar installation on a vacation residence on the property. This beautiful site is available as a luxury rental, powered by the sun.
Comstock’s goal is to be energy independent – creating predictable energy and costs for their young winery while reducing their carbon footprint. “We feel quite privileged to be able to support Comstock Wines to become a solar-powered business”, says Robert Gould, Director of Commercial Sales at SolarCraft. “Partnering closely with the ownership, we were able to navigate a number of code-related and supply challenges to make the project happen”. Comstock joins a substantial list of responsible and smart vintners in using the sun to both grow their grapes and provide sustainable power to their wineries. They also are gaining the attention of many wine consumers interested in wines made in a more eco-friendly manner.
During the life of the system, over 8 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by Comstock’s operations will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by more than 10 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 207 acres of trees in one year. The nearly maintenance-free system should pay for itself within 5-6 years, and last over 30 years.
About Comstock Wines
Bob and Sandy Comstock began growing grapes in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley in 2002. Over the years the idea of creating a boutique winery was born. In 2012, the perfect 17-acre vineyard in Dry Creek Valley became available and the idea of a winery became a reality. Kelly Comstock Ferris stepped into the role of General Manager, joined by veteran Winemaker Chris Russi. Together they worked to design and create this very special place we call Comstock Wines.
SolarCraft delivers Solar and Clean Energy Solutions for homes in the North Bay and businesses throughout Northern California. SolarCraft provides the most advanced solar technology with expert in-house design/build services; all back by comprehensive warranties supported by 35 years of experience and dedicated service teams. SolarCraft is 100% Employee-Owned and is proud to be one of the largest green-tech employers in the area. A Certified Green Business and a Pacific Sun ‘Best in Marin’ Hall of Fame member, our team of dedicated employee-partners is proud to have installed more solar energy systems than any other company based in the North Bay. We invite you to learn more about SolarCraft and the economic and environmental benefits of solar at solarcraft.com.
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