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Published on October 19th, 2011 | by Jennifer Kaplan


King Estate Winery’s Massive Solar Power System

After five years of planning, King Estate Winery is about to install the largest solar power system at a winery in the Pacific Northwest.

The 973.84 kilowatt (kW) solar system employs 4,144 solar panels. Based on estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, the system is expected to eliminate more than 38 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the next 25 years and is large enough to offset the annual power usage of approximately 100 residential homes. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 3,381 passenger cars or 1.9 million gallons of gasoline.

Founded in 1991 by the King family, King Estate Winery is the largest winery in Oregon. Their 1,033 acre certified organic estate outside of Eugene, OR and is home to the world’s largest contiguous organic vineyard. No surprise, King’s eco-friendly wine growing practices extend beyond organic farming and solar power. King Estate utilizes sheep and birds of prey in their farming, grows 30 acres of fruits and vegetables for their estate restaurant, and provides refuge for a host of native wildlife.

Says Ed King, CEO & co-founder of King Estate:

“Our philosophy is rooted in sustainable agriculture and environmentally-conscious business practices, as evidenced by our dedication to organic farming. Installing a large-scale solar power system is a natural progression for us.”

You can visit the solar system for yourself and sample King Estate’s wines by visiting the tasting room 20 miles southwest of Eugene, Ore.

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is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .

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