Napa Valley winemaker adds solar arrays to four properties

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Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) has invested heavily in a series of sustainability projects across four properties, demonstrating a proactive approach to reducing its carbon footprint. The projects, which are due to be completed by the end of this year, will include solar installations at four wineries in California: Westside Winery in Lodi, Main Street Winery in St. Helena, Trinchero Central Coast Winery in Paso Robles, and Green Island Road Winery in American Canyon.Combined, these facilities total more than 6.4 MWdirect current.

The Green Island Road Winery’s first solar installation was completed and licensed to operate, and the American Canyon Winery is now running on solar power. REC Solar/Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions meticulously designed the system for Green Island Road and other facilities at TFE to accommodate evolution and expansion. The Main Street Winery system, with battery storage and microgrid capabilities, is expected to be operational in December.

These solar installations across TFE’s site are projected to achieve significant solar offset rates and contribute to a greener energy mix. For example, the projected solar offset at the Green Island Road site is expected to reach 95%, resulting in a significant reduction in the winery’s reliance on conventional energy sources. Combining the output of all fuel cells and solar panels, TFE will generate 25.4 million kWh of captive power per year from 2024.

“At Trincello Family Estates, we believe in tangible results when it comes to sustainability. We have always focused on meaningful and measurable kWh production and the positive impact of clean energy on the environment. Our solar and fuel cell systems demonstrate our commitment to both environmental responsibility and a sustainable future,” said Kent Mann, Vice President of Operations, Trincello Family Estates.

This partnership with REC Solar/Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions builds on TFE’s long history of commitment to the environment and further strengthens its sustainable practices. Already in 2008 he set an industry precedent for installing solar power in new buildings with TFE installing a rooftop solar array at Lodi’s Westside Winery. In 2010, TFE worked with Bloom Energy to install a fuel cell system at Main Street Winery, making it the first wine industry to adopt this innovative technology. TFE’s Napa facilities and vineyards have also been running on 100% renewable electricity supplied by MCE since 2017.

News article from Trinchello Family Estates Wines & Spirits

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