Orofino Winery Announces Solar Power Project

Co-owners John and Virginia Weber of Orofino Winery in Cawston, BC are proud to announce the completion of a significant solar project that will convert all power consumption of its public tasting building from traditional power sources to solar power.

The project uses a unique hybrid system of solar photovoltaic panels and a solar thermal water heating system. The system was designed and constructed by Swiss Solar Tech from Summerland, BC who are leaders in solar technology implementation in the province.

"Orofino is Canada's only strawbale constructed winery.", says Virginia Weber. "Energy and eco-efficiency has been on the top of our mandate from the beginning. We have always thought that solar power would work really well in our valley and this project reflects our goals of significantly  reducing our energy footprint. This building will run on 100% renewable energy."

"We are focussed on producing premium wines that reflect this special valley where they are grown. The Similkameen sunshine helps to grow our grapes and now it helps produce the power we need to run the winery as well." noted John Weber. 

 The project was initiated after Orofino undertook a voluntary energy assessment through the Livesmart BC Energy Advisor Program where the winery was ranked in the top 10 out of 450 assessments completed by Livesmart. The Webers were encouraged to apply for the Livesmart BC Champions Program after discussing their goals of implementing solar power to reduce their carbon footprint. The project was designed and submitted for acceptance by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and partial funding was awarded under the Innovations category. 

 For further information, high resolution photographs, or details please contact:

 Orofino

2152 Barcelo Road, Cawston, BC V0X 1C2

(250)499-0068

orofino@nethop.net    www.orofinovineyards.com

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