Raise a glass for Akeena Solar…the company just helped SilverMountain vineyards, an organic vineyard in Santa Cruz, California,convert to 100% solar energy using its Andalay solar panel system. The264 panels are installed on a 6,000 square foot roof to create a 48-KWsystem, enough to supply all of the winery’s energy needs. The roof ismulti-functional-in addition to producing energy, it also providesshade for the winery to reduce the amount of energy required forrefrigeration and collects rainwater to reduce water use.
In a company press release, leaders from both Akeena Solar and Silver Mountain vineyards commented on the installation:
“With nearly a decade of successful solar installations within thewine industry, we were able to provide real world expertise to meet theunique needs of Silver Mountain Vineyards,” said Chuck Chagrin, AkeenaSolar vice president for commercial sales. “With our sleek and highperforming Andalay system, we were able to achieve Silver Mountain’sgoal of being entirely solar-powered while preserving the expansiveviews across the mountains that its visitors enjoy.”
“Silver Mountain was built with a fundamental concern for theenvironment and has always been a proponent of sustainable and organicpractices for viticulture and other food sources,” said Jerold O’Brien,owner of Silver Mountain Vineyards. “Using solar electricity is anatural extension of our sustainable value and the cost savings makesound business sense. Akeena’s experience in providing solar to thewine industry made the company a natural choice to help us convert to100 percent clean, renewable electricity.”