Wine pairs well with solar at Kendall-Jackson winery

Mountain View, Calif., April 9, 2012 — Cogenra Solar, a provider of distributed solar cogeneration systems, announced the completion of a rooftop solar cogeneration system to date at Kendall-Jackson's Kittyhawk winery in Windsor, California.

Expanding on Kendall-Jackson's existing energy and water conservation projects, the 96-module, 241 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic and thermal array is expected to save about $30,000 in annual energy costs.

U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson and local business leaders convened at Kendall-Jackson's Wine Center to celebrate the company's commitment to sustainability and unveil the solar cogeneration system, now supplying solar hot water and electricity to power the winery's extensive tank and bottle washing operations.

Cogenra partnered with local installer SunWater Solar to construct the array on the roof of Kendall-Jackson's Kittyhawk winery. The solar cogeneration system provides up to 60 percent of the building's hot water needs, with the electricity powering lighting and cooling. In addition to this initial solar cogeneration project, Kendall-Jackson will install Cogenra arrays at their Vinwood estate in Sonoma County and an additional winery in Monterey County.

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