By Larry Dignan
Posting in Technology
A Napa Valley winery built a solar array to float on a pond near its cabernet vineyard. The concept: save valuable land for growing grapes, not power.
Far Niente Winery in Napa Valley, decided to build a solar array to float on a pond near its cabernet vineyard. The idea was to not use valuable land where they grow their wine grapes. Greg Allen, the manager of the solar project discusses the technology challenges building an electrical system on top of water and running an underground transmission line from the pond to the winery.
Apr 21, 2010
great video ... i first heard about this down at the renewable energy world conference in san antonio this year ... turns out that not only does all sorts of cool stuff to save land and create renewable energy, it also significantly stops evaporation and prevents algae blooms. that must might be more important than the solar! i think the people who built it are in the bay area at spgsolar.com