Giumarra Vineyards to build solar facility - The Packer

Giumarra Vineyards to build solar facility

10/04/2010 11:30:33 AM
Don Schrack

Giumarra Vineyards Corp., parent company of The Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, plans to install a photovoltaic solar and co-generation facility in old vineyards near its packing facility in Bakersfield, Calif.

The solar installation will be the first step of a larger energy savings initiative at Giumarra Vineyards, according to a news release.

“The nature of our business requires a tremendous amount of refrigerated transportation for distributing fresh produce around the world,” John Giumarra III said in the release. “Anything we can do to help improve our carbon footprint while operating a more efficient business is not only good for us, but good for our customers and the community as well.”

In addition to solar energy, other planned projects will use solar thermal and lighting efficiencies to further reduce the company’s electricity consumption, according to the release.

The company also plans to install solar panels at individual well pump sites to help reduce energy consumption during water transfer to the vineyard, Giumarra said.

“When we analyzed the complexities of this type of hybrid system, we came to the conclusion that energy reduction, as well as energy production, were the best means toward our longer-term energy goals,” Giumarra said in the release. “The cheapest energy you can buy is the energy you don’t use.”

The initial Giumarra Vineyards project, to be built by HelioPower Inc., Murrieta, Calif., will offset the majority of the company’s annual electricity needs at the processing facility and will offset more than 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 20 years, according to the release.

Giumarra, a fourth-generation grower and shipper, said the project’s design will allow the fifth generation to continue the company’s sustainability efforts.



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