FOX RUN VINEYARDS GOES SOLAR
MAY 27, 2015 (PENN YAN, NY) – The largest solar power array at a New York winery is sprouting up on the west side of Seneca Lake. Fox Run Vineyards has begun installation of a 576 panel, 150 kiloWatt system, which is one of the largest solar energy projects to date in Ontario and Yates counties. The energy will be used to produce Fox Run’s wine as well as power the facility’s café, tasting room and administrative offices. The project will generate 100% of the power used at the 100-acre property.
Half of the panels will be installed next to Fox Run’s production facility, while the other half will be installed at the Geneva Solar Farm on Carter Rd.
Fox Run welcomes the public to help celebrate with them at an installation party on Thursday, June 4th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Guests will be able to see how a solar array goes together and, even install a panel themselves. Representatives from QwikSolar will also be onsite to provide information on residential solar installations. Guests are asked to park in the tasting room lot and Fox Run staff members will guide you to the installation location.
“The installation of solar power is another step for Fox Run to become more sustainable,” says Fox Run Owner, Scott Osborn. “We are a family owned company and by reducing our carbon footprint, we are creating a cleaner environment for the next generation. This is just one avenue where we continue to look at new innovations that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
QwikSolar Power Systems is a Geneva, NY based company handling the installation of the system. Construction began on May 26th and will take about 5 weeks to complete. When complete the array will produce enough energy to power 23 homes, 1500 light bulbs and, most importantly, produce 15,000 cases of wine in a year.
Lyons National Bank is funding the project. “LNB is proud to partner with Fox Run Vineyards on this green energy initiative,” said Ryan Hallings, VP, Commercial and Agricultural Loan Officer. “As a local bank we are pleased to provide funding for this innovative investment in our community.”
Fox Run is participating in The NY-Sun Initiative and is receiving a grant for a portion of the project as part of an effort to promote a more stable and cleaner electrical grid.
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Fox Run Vineyards overlooks Seneca Lake in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes, America’s premier cool-climate wine region. With fifty acres of vineyards, the winery is a leading wine producer, creating a remarkable range of limited-production, site-expressive estate wines for the past 25 years. Regularly recognized in national wine publications, in 2015 Fox Run Vineyards was chosen by its industry peers as ‘Winery of The Year’ by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, one of the top 100 wineries by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2008, and has been a multiple gold medal winner at the Riesling du Monde competition in Strasbourg, France. Visit us online at foxrunvineyards.com.
Since moving the company to New York in 2012, QwikSolar has installed over 4000 panels at 55 sites including local businesses, wineries and residences. QwikSolar’s local team designs, engineers and install the solar arrays.