Sundale Vineyards, a premium grower of a table grapes, announces the ground-breaking of a 1.13MW solar PV system in Tulare, California, engineered and being installed by commercial solar Cenergy Power. The system will supply power to the cold storage facility and is expected to offset about 91% of Sundale’s electricity bill for the facility.
As more companies find they can save money by going solar, we’re seeing different kinds of businesses get in on the action. Vineyards are no exception. In hot areas in California, it’s a challenge to keep grapes cold in the summer. The same rays of the sun that create this challenge can be a big help in reducing costs in these situations.
Sundale Vineyards, a premium grower of a table grapes, is the latest to take advantage of their sunny location and harness the power of the sun. The company has announced the ground-breaking of a 1.13MW solar PV system in Tulare, California. The system will be engineered and installed by Cenergy Power, a top commercial solar integrator in California. The system is currently being constructed over 4 acres of ground area near the facility’s cold storage and packing plants and will supply power to the cold storage facility.
The solar system is estimated to produce 1.7 million kWh of clean energy annually and offset about 91% of Sundale’s electricity bill for the cold storage facility. Payback on the investment is expected to be quick, at about four years.
Over the next 25 years, Sundale’s solar generation will save the facility an estimated $5,700,000+ in electricity costs. Carbon offset by the installation will be the equivalent of preserving 24,000 acres of forests and removing 30,000 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
“This solar project is a testament to our commitment to the environment and social responsibility,” said Todd Kinosian, owner of Sundale Vineyards. “Sundale firmly believes that environmentally conscious agriculture practices are vital to the sustainable growth of the industry.”
“We interviewed a number of solar companies for this important project, and Cenergy Power’s solar expertise and experience with large systems really made the decision easy for us,” Kinosian added.