US: Constellation Wines to install 3 solar projects worth 3.95 MW

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It has said the installations will cover "most, if not all" of the wineries’ energy needs. It went on to explain that the systems will be built at the Clos du Bois winery in Geyserville, the Ravenswood winery in Sonoma and the Estancia winery in Monterey County. Specifically, explained the company, they will provide its Estancia and Ravenswood wineries with 100 percent of their annual power and 75 percent of the needs of Clos du Bois and 60 percent of Gonzales.

"The four systems will have a combined solar power of 3.95 megawatt DC, which is equivalent to 4.5 million pounds of emitted carbon being removed from the atmosphere," said Greg Fowler, senior vice president of Operations, Constellation Wines U.S.

Constellation has retained California-based Genesis Renewable Energy to design, install, operate, monitor and maintain the installations. Genesis will reportedly work with locally based contractors to complete the project, further utilizing community resources and creating local jobs.

An integral part of the investment in this multi-million dollar initiative, said the company, is incentives provided by the federal government and the California Solar Initiative.

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