Saturday, August 14, 2004

Solar Powered Wine

A vineyard in California has officially announced the shift to solar power, another example of state and federal incentives working.

The system, installed by Akeena Solar, and used to run its winery and main offices, laboratory and residence, is located at about 2,000 feet up Mount Eden.

The press release notes their utility company PG&E does not pay for excess power put back into the grid therefore the winery installed a smaller system than they might have.

Utilities worldwide should be required by law to buy electricity generated locally by homes and businesses using equipment such as solar panels and micro wind turbines.

Market Wire Press Release