Pacific Power Management, LLC has begun the installation of a 1.2 MW solar system at Constellation Wines US Gonzales Winery, located in Monterey County, California.

The installation will produce more than 1.7 GWh per year, providing about half the winery’s total energy requirements.

The project is being financed and built by Pacific and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
‘During the summer months, when the winery is not processing grapes, the system will export enough electricity onto PG&E’s power lines to supply all of the electrical needs for about 25% of the roughly 1695 households in Gonzales’, said Kelly McMahon, director of sales for Pacific Power Management.

The system, which uses a total of 6358 Mitsubishi 185 Wp solar panels will generate close to 1.2 MW of DC and a further 1 MW of AC.

Managing partner of Pacific, Mark Frederick, said: ‘Constellation Wines has again shown their industry leadership by going solar. They have a system that now sets the green standard in the wine industry and gives them a competitive advantage that will only grow as electricity prices increase.’