Page Springs Cellars has announced a plan to install more than 375 solar panels at their vineyard and winery in northern Arizona. The solar panels will generate more than 85 percent of the winery’s needed energy. The partnership with Harmon Solar marks the first agreement of its kind, establishing Page Springs as the first winery in Arizona to implement solar technology.
The partnership is the result of a long-time relationship between Page Springs Cellars owner and winemaker Eric Glomski and one of wineries Wine Club members Dan King. King, who is the co-owner of Harmon Solar, approached Glomski in 2013 with the idea. In keeping with the wineries’ core values of supporting local companies and a healthy environment, Glomski was immediately interested. The chance to both reduce Page Springs’ energy consumption and impact on the environment while partnering with a great Arizona company was an easy decision.
“At Page Springs, we believe it is our job to practice sustainability as much as we can. From maintaining healthy soils and vineyards to providing a healthy ecological habitat for wildlife – it’s part of what we do,” Glomski said. “The move to renewable energy was the next step, and Dan and his team have made it exceptionally easy to partner on this project. We’re looking forward to sharing what we’ve learned about solar energy with our patrons.”
As all of the winery’s energy is stored on a utility grid, there won’t be any changes in how the winery is run, but the company will see financial yields. It is estimated that the return-on-investment with the project will be around 10 percent in the first year of implementation alone.
Ranked second in the nation in 2013 for solar energy consumption, Arizona is a literal hotbed for solar technology. According to a 2013 article in the Arizona Daily Star, Arizona produced 710 megawatts of power through solar in 2012, just behind California’s 1,887 megawatts. According to renewableenergyworld.com, Arizona’s solar electricity capacity per resident is nearly seven times that of the national average.
Construction on the Page Springs solar project will begin late July, with an estimated three weeks to complete all construction.
About Harmon Solar
Harmon Solar is a locally owned, family-run business that’s been around since 1975. In addition to customized, commercial solar systems, Harmon installs residential solar solutions and is a commercial electrical contractor.
Harmon Solar is known across Arizona for superior customer service and passion for creating sustainable energy solutions to help customers reduce their energy costs. In addition, Harmon Solar is dedicated to sustainable energy, improving the environment, and helping to make Arizona a better place to live.
Harmon Solar continues to rank as one of Arizona’s top solar installers and has been honored by Ranking Arizona, AZ Business Magazine, Phoenix Business Journal and others. Recently, Harmon was certified nationally with the Women’s Business Enterprise as a woman-owned business.
For information on Harmon Solar visit www.harmonsolar.com
About Page Springs Cellars
Page Springs Cellars is a family-owned vineyard and winery located in Cornville, Arizona. Founded in 2004 and owned by winegrower Eric Glomski, Page Springs Cellars crafts wines which express the unique character of Arizona’s high elevation landscape.
Page Springs Cellars now produces about 7,000 cases of wine per annum from primarily Arizona-grown fruit culled from vineyards across the state. The winery was recognized by Wine Spectator in 2013 as one of only two all-Arizona grown and produced wines ?ever to be awarded a 90-point, “outstanding” rating.
The vineyard and tasting room – open 365 days a year – is located at 1500 North Page Springs Road in Cornville, Arizona. For more information on Page Springs Cellars, visit www.pagespringscellars.com.