Chateau Chantal Installs 148.5 kW Solar Array from Harvest Energy Solutions
Jackson, Mich.; June 3, 2015 –U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow flipped the switch to symbolically activate the largest solar agribusiness installation at a winery in Michigan.
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.
“We’ve been harvesting grapes on this farm for 29 years and are now excited to diversify by harvesting the sun’s energy with the largest solar array at a Michigan winery,” said Marie-Chantal Dalese, President and CEO at Chateau Chantal.
More than 50 invited guest from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Farm Energy Program, Michigan State University, agribusiness representatives, the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce and Traverse City Tourism presidents, and media, joined the Senator to celebrate the completion and “power up” of the new solar installation.
The array was designed, engineered and installed by Harvest Energy Solutions, a Midwest renewable energy company that specializes in agribusiness and rural residential solar installations. Chateau Chantal’s solar PV system is made almost entirely with parts and equipment made in Michigan, from the Harvest Energy Solutions’ manufactured racking and clips to the Michigan-made solar panels. (View photos).