SolarCraft Completes Solar Electric System on New Merryvale Winery Production Facility
(November 2006)—Novato-based SolarCraft announced today that it has completed installation and commissioned a 277kW solar electric system for Merryvale’s new Starmont production facility at Stanly Ranch in Napa, CA.
The new system will enable Merryvale Vineyards to generate enough clean electricity each day to power 117 average homes. The new system will spare the air nearly 207 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to driving over 14 million miles. The system will pay for itself in approximately 6 years.
The SolarCraft photovoltaic (PV) system will provide 90-100% of the winery’s electricity needs on an annual basis for the company’s 60,000 square foot building.
Merryvale’s foremost reason for installing the PV system is to utilize green energy. “Solar energy is good for the environment and the reduction of greenhouse gases is good for the community,” said Alex Gunst of Pound Co., the construction project manager for Merryvale’s new facility. “With rising energy costs and the generous rebates currently offered, going solar was an easy decision”. Gunst was instrumental in choosing SolarCraft for the job. He said SolarCraft was selected to design and install the project because of the company’s reputation and over two decades of longevity in the marketplace. “SolarCraft was very flexible and their professional manner worked for us.”
About Merryvale Vineyards
Merryvale’s existing winery is located at 1000 Main Street, St. Helena, CA. The first winery built in the Napa Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, Merryvale is located in the heart of America's premier wine region. Graced with a European fountain and formal grounds, the historic winery is ideally located just 1/4 mile south of downtown St. Helena, Napa Valley — adjacent to renowned Tra Vigne restaurant and within easy walking distance of many other restaurants and shops.
Sumptuous Bordeaux varietal grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) contribute to the legend that is 'Profile' – Merryvale’s exclusive red blend. Merryvale has the privilege of selecting the highest quality grapes from many outstanding Napa Valley vineyards.
Merryvale’s Starmont label include classic varietal wines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Merryvale Vineyards tasting in St. Helena is open daily for tastings from 10am to 6:30pm.