Built in 2006, Honig's first solar array generates 147 kilowatts of power.
Emission-free errands made easy with the winery's electric vehicle and charging station.
When the winery does draw energy, it receives power from 100% renewable sources through Marin Clean Energy's "Deep Green" program.
Get a free PG&E energy audit. They’ll identify opportunities to improve efficiency, make upgrades and clearly lay out your payback period. They also have rebates and financing options.
Revisit Solar. Even though solar has become standard technology, many of people haven’t jumped in. If you haven’t pursued solar in the past due to costs, it’s time to revisit. Costs have dropped substantially. For many vintners, it makes sense.
Go “Deep Green” with MCE Clean Energy. MCE became active in Napa County in February 2015 and everyone signed up with PG&E in unincorporated Napa County is automatically enrolled in their Light Green 50% renewable energy program. You can sign up to get 100% renewable energy at prices that are very competitive with traditional energy – and often even cheaper.
Think about energy in a broader context. For example, hauling waste uses a lot of energy. Kristin Belair recently requested a waste audit and we’re going to ask our staff if we can reduce our waste by 20% in the next year. It probably won’t require a big plan – we just need to talk to our operations staff and make sure they’re sorting and know what’s recyclable. This won’t just reduce waste, it will also save energy.
Keep Improving. Sustainability is not a one-off investment. There are always new ways, even small ways, you can lead by example and make sustainability a part of your business culture.