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Tallying the Benefits of Alternative Energy
 
10.01.2014
 
Northwest wineries report solar and wind pay for themselves, but don't add revenue
 
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Government grants reduced the $120,000 price tag of Dana Campbell Vineyards’ 10kW wind turbine system to $17,000.
Rickreall, Ore.—Northwest vineyards are bringing in the grapes, but an equally important harvest is helping power the crush at many of the region’s wineries.

Solar and wind energy are regularly harvested across the region, the fruit of a push during the past decade to reduce emissions of the gases associated with climate change and boost the generation of alternative power.

Various government policies and incentives encouraged wineries to commission energy audits with a view to reducing overall consumption, and to embrace various forms of on-site generating systems to make the energy they were using greener and cleaner. The USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offered grants for Renewable Energy Systems in Oregon, while former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski challenged the state’s wine industry in 2007 to go carbon neutral.


 
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Hail Leaves Wine Grapes Unscathed
 
09.30.2014
 
Napa Cabernet still hanging during storm proves resistant to damage
 
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The leaves of a Chardonnay vine show evidence of the hailstorm that passed through Napa on Sept. 26.
Napa, Calif.—A month after a severe earthquake hit Napa Valley, a freak hailstorm and heavy rains Friday could have wreaked more havoc on the Napa Valley wine community, but fortunately the hail was confined to a small urban valley, and the rains came when most grapes other than Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot had already been picked.
 
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