Fess Parker’s Latest Move To Conserve Resources

With an eye on conservation, Fess Parker is installing a new solar power system on the roof of its Santa Maria production facility.

In recent years, the Parker family has increased efforts to restore and preserve the natural environment. Their family vineyard, Rodney’s Vineyard – a fruit source for the Fess Parker Winery and Epiphany labels – has focused on improving its natural ecosystems in order to produce the healthiest grapes possible. The family also remains committed to sourcing grapes from vineyards that adhere to not only their rigorous standards of quality, but also those defined by such certification bodies as SIP and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance .

The installation of the new solar power system is yet another step towards conservation,

Consisting of 1,371 400-watt SolarEdge Inverters and Optimizers, the system will produce 818,000 kilowatt hours each year, which equates to 14,000,000 car miles offset, 31,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide offset, and 15,000 trees saved annually, Fess Parker President Tim Snider said.

The new 548.4 KW solar panels are expected to increase the sustainability of the winery’s operations by producing roughly 98% the winery uses annually.

“As a family owned and operated business, practicing sustainability now and for future generations is a guiding principle in every facet of our operation,” Snider explained. “We are always seeking to incorporate new and familiar ways of minimizing our impact on the environment and become a cleaner, more resilient winery, not just for our immediate benefit, but for the long term.”

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