Wednesday Apr 11 2012
Going green means saving green at Secret Ravine
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
Secret Ravine Winery will be seeing and saving green now that solar panels have been installed at their facility. Ron Morris, who owns the winery with his wife, Vicky, said his summer electric bill for the Secret Ravine property was more than $3,000 per month, so going solar will make a big difference in his overhead. The Morrises worked with Sunworks on the 80-panel, 14.4 kilowatt system, which equates to 12.2 kilowatts AC power. The installation cost $78,000 and took one week to complete. Morris said state and federal rebates covered 40 percent of the cost. The Morris said it will take six years to completely pay for financing the installation, after which he should have no or only a small, annual electric bill. In the meantime, he will still see a $5,400 per year savings off what he had been paying for electricity. Fred Lane, sun specialist at Sunworks, worked with the Morrises and said his company installed the solar carport at the Mondavi Center and installed solar on six buildings at the University of California, Davis campus, including the winery building, which earned a platinum LEEDS status. Morris, who offers 13 labels of wine blends and varieties, said the UC Davis winery installation is what sold him on Sunworks. For more information on Sunworks, call (866) 600-6800. For more information on Secret Ravine Winery, call 652-6015.