TULARE, Calif., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sundale Vineyards, a premium grower of a dozen varieties of table grapes announced the ground-breaking of its 1.13 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic system. Cenergy Power, a top commercial solar integrator in California, has been tasked with the engineering and installation of the large solar system which is currently being constructed over 4 acres of ground area directly south of the facility’s cold storage and packing plants.
The solar system is engineered to supply power to Sundale’s cold storage facility. Expected performance and attributes of Cenergy’s solar system include: (i) production of nearly 1.7 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy annually, (ii) an estimated electricity bill offset of 91% for Sundale’s cold storage facility, and (iii) a rapid 4 year simple payback on the investment.
“This solar project is a testament to our commitment to the environment and social responsibility,” says Todd Kinosian, Owner of Sundale Vineyards. “Sundale firmly believes that environmentally-conscious agriculture practices are vital to the sustainable growth of the industry.”
Over the next 25 years, Sundale’s solar generation will save the facility an estimated +$5,700,000 in electricity costs and will be the carbon equivalent of preserving 24,000 acres of forests and removing 30,000 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
In terms of selecting the right solar company for the project, Mr. Kinosian adds, “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.”
About Sundale Vineyards Located in the San Joaquin Valley, Sundale Vineyards (www.sundalevineyards.com) is a grower, shipper and packer of various varieties of table grapes. With roots dating back to the early 1930’s, the Kinosian family has built Sundale into a market leading producer of grapes. Sundale shipped approximately 4 million boxes of grapes for the 2013 season.
About Cenergy Power Cenergy Power (www.cenergypower.com) is a leading solar integrator focused on delivering unmatched solar value in the large commercial and utility markets across the United States. It is comprised of seasoned professionals in the areas of power engineering, construction management and project financing.