Solar Comes to Wine Country Shipping
on 14/06/11 at 7:23 amIndustry
Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced it has completed the design and installation of a 89.7 kW solar electric (photovoltaic) system at Wine Country Shipping in Windsor, CA. Their facility is now fully powered by clean, solar power, saving energy and money.
The roof-mounted solar system utilizes 390 Centrosolar 230 watt panels and spans 6,831 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building. Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load. Each panel is controlled by an individual micro-inverter manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters will allow the rest of the solar modules to produce at full capacity no matter how many panels are soiled or partially shaded. Micro-inverters greatly increase the overall system efficiency.
The system’s photovoltaic panels generate approximately 119,791 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing over 80% of Wine Country Shipping’s electric needs with clean, renewable energy. The solar power produced each day is enough to power 45 average homes and spares the air nearly 79 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 5.5 million miles of driving.
Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars provide shipping and storage services for over 150 wineries, helping with Tasting Room orders, Wine Clubs, Wine Writer shipments and Seasonal Mail Order Releases. With 25,000 square feet of temperature controlled warehouse space in two separate buildings in Windsor, Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars provides a full range of shipping and storage options for tasting rooms , retail outlets and hotels, as well as direct to consumer wine shipping and personal wine storage.
SolarCraft is one of the most experienced solar energy contractors in California. For more than 27 years this certified Green Business has been providing Solar Electric, Solar Pool and Solar Water Heating services including consultation, design, installation, monitoring and maintenance. SolarCraft is a full-service solar contractor, employing licensed and certified solar installers who are experts in their field. Since 1984 SolarCraft has installed more than 4,500 solar energy systems in California with over 1.3 million square feet of solar collector surface area, saving customers more than $7 million annually and eliminating the production of more than 28,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.