Jordan Vineyard & Winery Introduces Solar Array & Hopes To Further The Solar Conversation In The Wine Industry
Environmental stewardship in winemaking has become more important than ever in recent years. The wine industry is investing more into increasing sustainability while decreasing their carbon footprint and impact on the planet, and the recent installation of an ambitious solar array at Jordan Vineyard & Winery is a great example.
From the press release:
After focusing on reducing its energy consumption for several years, Jordan Vineyard & Winery has completed installation of a 1,932-panel, solar photovoltaic array composed of 100% American-made equipment—quite uncommon in this country due to the higher cost of U.S.-manufactured products. The solar power generated is expected to offset the family-owned and operated winery’s utility bill by 99% and save nearly $4.9 million in electricity costs over the next 30 years.
While it’s encouraging to see another winery take the step to integrate clean energy into their operations, Lisa Mattson, Communications Director at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, has discovered that the actual number of wineries utilizing solar power is much lower than most people think. According to Mattson, “The largest comprehensive list of solar-powered wineries that exists today only includes about 100, which is sad but not surprising, due to the fragmented tiers of the solar, energy and wine industries.”
As a result, Mattson has started a Solar Powered Wineries Group on Facebook, hoping that it will bring solar-minded wineries together and gain a better perspective on the scope and impact of solar energy on the wine industry, saying, “I’m hoping to build more awareness around how many wineries are using solar, as my research and conversations with insiders at trade groups indicate the numbers are low. I hope they are wrong.”