The largest solar power array at a New York winery is sprouting up on the west side of Seneca Lake.
Fox Run Vineyards is installing a 576 panel, 150 kilowatt system; 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.
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.
“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.”
Half of the panels have been installed next to Fox Run’s production facility, while the other half will be installed at the Geneva Solar Farm on Carter Rd. The project will generate 100 percent of the power used at the 100-acre vineyard and winery.
Construction began May 26 and will take about five weeks to complete. When finished, 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.
Fox Run hosted an installation party Thursday, June 4 when guests were able to see the installation process for the solar array and even install a panel themselves.
QwikSolar Power Systems is a Geneva based company handling the installation of the system, and representatives from QwikSolar were onsite to provide information on residential solar installations. Since moving the company to New York in 2012, QwikSolar has installed over 4,000 panels at 55 sites including local businesses, wineries and residences.
QwikSolar’s local team designs, engineers and install the solar arrays.
Lyons National Bank is financing the project at Fox Run. “LNB is proud to partner with Fox Run Vineyards on this green energy initiative,” says Ryan Hallings, Vice President and Commercial and Agricultural Loan Officer. “As a local bank we are pleased to provide funding for this innovative investment in our community.”