Stoller Vineyards of Dayton, OR is opening a wine making facility that runs on solar power is expected to be operational on April 19. They claim to be able to generate 44,000 kilowatt hours of power, though there is no information on how much it cost them to install the panels or what the ultimate cost savings (if any) would be. The new facility is the first winery in Oregon to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s Green Building Rating System.
I was trying to do some secondary research and find out if there is an return on investment information (ROI) on this sort of power for a winery. Its great that you can use renewable energy to power the winery but at what cost? At the end of the day, while its important to save energy and some day the world’s oil supplies will run dry (if you listen to a buddy of mine that day is not too far off and we’ll all be living like Mad Max and fending off Chinese Terminator Robots – because the Chinese have so many more engineering students graduating – but thats a whole separate debate). But the only things that spur on widespread adoption of such technologies are either government programs (subsidies) or a compelling business case. Boils down to the all-mighty dollar! Gotta love capitalism!
Enjoy the Wine Life!