OLD MISSION PENINSULA, TRAVERSE CITY: Perched high on a ridge overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn will soon offset approximately 40% of their energy needs with a new 148.5 kW solar array by Harvest Energy Solutions. The array’s annual production of 172,351 kW is equivalent to saving CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 18.2 homes for one year.
This is the largest solar install at a Michigan winery. All aspects of the project are based in Michigan, with the winery in Traverse City, and design, install, and racking manufactured by Harvest Energy Solutions out of Jackson. Harvest Energy Solutions expects to break ground near the end of April and throw the switch near Memorial Day of this year. A media invite to the event will be extended closer to the completion date.
Chateau Chantal has been awarded a MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect grant which provides matching funds up to $50,000 to companies in need of addressing technology gaps with innovative resources or solutions from another Michigan-based company. Further financing may come from a USDA REAP grant that could cover up to 25% of the project costs. Visit their website for full story.