PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO) - A special group of grape growers are hoping for even more sun now than they ever have before.
That’s because Grande River Vineyards just installed more than 140 solar modules that will provide the Palisade winery with about 70 percent of its electricity. Officials there say it’s the first winery in the state to install solar panels, following the lead of many California wineries.
The new panels will make the winery carbon-neutral, officials say. Offsetting the more than 88,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses produced each year by the winery. It has the same benefit of planting more than 44,000 trees.
Now was the time to install the panels, winery officials say. Owners took advantage of rebates and tax credits to pay for them and believe the investment will pay for itself in about two years. But while the owners are excited about the economic benefit of going solar, they say they’re more concerned about ensuring their business and land will be around for future generations.
Watch the live interviews to find out more about Grande River Vineyards and the new solar panels.