Treasury Americas, a division of Treasury Wine Estates, is expanding its on-site solar electricity generation through a substantial investment in renewable electricity, which will power each of its wineries. Over 60% of Treasury Americas’ electricity will be generated by on-site solar upon completion of the project, setting a record for a U.S. wine company of its size and scale.
Every Treasury Americas winery will receive over half of its electricity needs from on-site solar generation. The new expansion accounts for approximately 6.5 MW. With its existing installation, Treasury Americas’ U.S. total will be approximately 9.2 MW once the project is complete.
Treasury Americas’ longstanding commitment to renewable electricity began in 2008 with solar installations at Beringer Vineyards. As part of this new investment, solar panels will be installed across iconic properties including Beaulieu Vineyard, Beringer Vineyards, Etude Winery and Frank Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, as well as TWE’s properties in Paso Robles and the Central Coast. Sterling Vineyards — closed since 2020 due to damage from the devastating Glass Fire — is expected to reopen in the fall of 2023 fully powered by solar electricity.
“We have a responsibility to be stewards of the environment and to mitigate the impact of the climate crisis on our wines and communities. The rapid transition to 100% renewable electricity will eliminate the majority of our production emissions in only a few short years,” said Will Drayton, director of sustainability and science for Treasury Americas. “Furthermore, additionality is key. By maximizing our on-site solar generation, we are greening the California grid and opening the door to future developments such as on-site storage.”
Treasury Americas has contracted Shell Energy Solutions to complete the project. To further support TWE’s global net-zero commitments, Shell Energy will provide additional solutions including management of the on-site solar generation as well as additional efficiency activities such as the retrofit of LED lighting and compressed air improvements.
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