Oregon winery gets solar energy farm


King Estate, Oregon’s largest winery, is constructing a $5-6 million solar power system on its 1,033-acre location southwest of Eugene.

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King Estate, Oregon’s largest winery, is constructing a $5-6 million solar power system on its 1,033-acre location southwest of Eugene.

Unlike the rooftop systems that have been installed in recent years at various Lane County businesses, this will be a solar farm on 4 acres. Its 4,144 solar panels have the potential to generate up to 973.84 kilowatts of electricity — enough to power 100 homes for a year, according to federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

Creating energy through these solar panels instead of through other, more polluting means could eliminate more than 38 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the next 25 years. That’s an amount roughly equal to the annual greenhouse emissions from 3,381 passenger cars, or 1.9 million gallons of gasoline, using EPA estimates.

Ed King, CEO and co-founder of King Estate, calls the large-scale solar system, “a natural progression for us,” — the next step in the winery’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmentally conscious business practices.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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