Giumarra to build solar energy facility
by | October 03, 2010
As part of its ongoing sustainability and land stewardship efforts, Giumarra
Vineyards Corp. has contracted for the installation of a photovoltaic solar and
co-generation facility adjacent to its main packing facility in Bakersfield, CA.
Giumarra has partnered with California-based HelioPower, an industry leading
solar engineering company for the project. The firm has completed large-
scale projects worldwide and its North American clients, include Safeway and
The Scripps Institute of Oceanography. HelioPower is also a member of the
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and the U.S. Green
The Giumarra solar system will offset the majority of the company's annual
electricity needs for its processing facility, and will offset more than 12,000
tons of CO-2 emissions over the next 20 years.
"The nature of our business requires a tremendous amount of refrigerated
transportation for distributing fresh produce around the world, so anything
we can do to help improve our carbon footprint while operating a more
efficient business is not only good for us, but good for our customers and the
community, as well," John Giumarra III, a fourth-generation member of the
Guimarra family, said in a Sept. 23 press release.
The solar installation is the first step of a larger energy savings initiative at
Giumarra Vineyards that will incorporate energy-efficient technologies
including solar electricity, solar thermal and lighting efficiencies to further
reduce electricity consumption.
Additional land at Giumarra Vineyards has been allocated for these future
solar expansion plans.
“When we analyzed the complexities of this type of hybrid system over a year
ago we came to the conclusion that energy reduction, as well as energy
production, were the best means toward our longer term energy goals,” Mr.
Giumarra added in the press release. “The cheapest energy you can buy is the
energy you don’t use, so we are looking at this project as the first phase of a