Bethel Heights Vineyard is preparing for the construction of a 60kW solar electric system at its vineyard.

The Oregon-based wine company said yesterday (19 May) that the installation will include 260 SolarWorld 230W solar modules, which will supply around 40% of the electrical energy needs for the site's entire operation.

“We have been committed to sustainability and the environment since our inception in 1977 and have been looking at ways to improve,” said Patricia Dudley, co-owner of Bethel Heights. “We saw the solar electric system as presenting a unique opportunity to be good stewards of the environment while making our business more competitive in the future.”

The installation will be conducted by Solar Nation, which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Bethel Heights produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.