Page Springs Cellars leads the wine industry in Arizona, not only with its national accolades, but also now in its recent initiative to implement solar energy, making it the first solar-operated winery in the state.
The northern Arizona winery announced its plan to install more than 375 solar panels with the help of Harmon Solar on July 11, 2014, citing plans to begin construction as early as the end of the month. The partnership with Harmon Solar is the result of a long-time relationship between Page Springs Cellars owner and winemaker Eric Glomski, and one of winery’s Wine Club members Dan King. The solar energy will generate more than 85 percent of the power the winery needs to operate.
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.
Like a homeowner in Arizona, the benefits for a company to “go solar” far outweigh the costs in the long run. Ranked second in the nation in 2013 for solar energy consumption, Arizona is a literal hotbed for solar technology. According to Renewable Energy World, Arizona’s solar capacity is nearly seven times that of the national average, making the state the most opportune location to initiate solar efforts.
“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,” Page Springs owner Eric Glomski said.
In keeping with the wineries’ core values of supporting local companies and a healthy environment, Glomski was immediately interested in the partnership. The chance to reduce Page Springs’ energy consumption and its impact on the environment while working 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.
In an effort to educate its customers about the benefits of going solar, Page Springs will partner with Harmon Solar to create an area in the winery’s tasting room to show real-time statistics, installation photos and stop-motion video of the solar installation and usage.
As of 2014, Page Springs Cellars produces about 7,000 cases of wine per annum from primarily Arizona-grown fruit culled from vineyards in both northern and southern Arizona. The main vineyard and tasting room, open 365 days a year, is located at 1500 North Page Springs Road in Cornville, Arizona.
Page Springs Cellars is a family-owned vineyard and winery founded in 2004, which crafts wines that express the unique character of Arizona’s high elevation landscape. 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. For more information about the winery, visit www.pagespringscellars.com.