Wine Solar Arrays at Hess American Canyon

Published on May 14th, 2014 | by Jennifer Kaplan

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Hess Collection Winery Adds 2,200 Solar Panels

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Hess Winery Solar Panels

The Hess Collection, already a leader in sustainability, just upped their green game with the addition of a new roof-mounted 2,200 panel winery solar power system in American Canyon, California. 

The massive new solar system lives on top of Hess’ Green-certified winery and warehouse — where Hess Select wines are produced — and covers 44,555 square feet. The winery solar system not only has the dual benefit of reducing the winery’s carbon footprint and stabilizing utility costs, but the system is expected to generate 945,450 kilowatt hours of energy annually which is likely to provide 100% of the winery’s annual energy consumption.  To put that in perspective, the new system will produce enough energy to power the needs of 148 average homes, reducing greenhouse gasses by about 272 tons and over the next three decades of the system’s use will eliminate the equivalent of almost 16 million miles of driving.

A leader in sustainability for nearly three decades, The Hess Collection is certified sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and for both winery and vineyards as part of the Napa Green program created by the Napa Valley Vintners. The winery operates under Founder Donald Hess’s directive to “nurture the land, return what you take” which he first observed upon arriving as a grower in Napa Valley in 1978. Winemaker Dave Guffy noted in an 2011 interview:

From the beginning, Donald Hess brought forward a philosophy of delivering wines that speak to their natural origins. To honor where the vines come from, and what they offer, we farm sustainably and conduct our business in a sustainable manner. What does that mean? It means that everyone who works at The Hess Collection is very much aware of our sustainable goals, and we seek to lead, not follow, wherever we can.



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Jennifer Kaplan writes regularly about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was been 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 - find her on .



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