This is what summer at Hire Electric looks like through the eyes of our twitter feed:
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) August 17, 2015
Solar powered wine @ badger mountain. 4 years and going strong! pic.twitter.com/gP4hobMfrG
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) July 7, 2015
— Jim Harris (@JimHarris) June 29, 2015
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) August 6, 2015
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) April 13, 2015
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) March 31, 2015
Happy Labor Day!
We’ve had a very busy summer here at Hire Electric with a number of jobs lined up for the fall including a Bergey wind machine for the City of Ellensburg; solar and small wind at Kaclec Medical Center in Richland, WA; and a 130kW array for the Oregon Military Department in Chrismas Valley, OR. With all this labor it’s nice to have a day off to kick back and celebrate. Thank you all for your support over the years and we hope you have a wonderful holiday.
|Badger Mtn. Open House!
Kennewick’s Premier Organic Winery Goes Solar. In the fall of 2007 we put up a 3kW solar array on the tasting room at Badger Mountain/Powers Winery. This was our first commercial solar project and very exciting for both Hire and Badger. Since that time we’ve been trying to help the winery secure a USDA REAP grant to install more solar on their barrel storage building. Each year we would get turned down. Fire, aim, fire, aim, fire…2011 the winery hit the grant jackpot and was awarded funding by the USDA. Last week Hire completed the installation. At 2,200 square feet and 36.4kW, it is the largest of its kind at any winery in Washington State.
Consequently, the winery is planning an open day to celebrate this project. The intended schedule for the event is Tuesday, Sept 6th, from 10:30am to 1:30pm, at the estate.http://www.badgermtnvineyard.com/
The list of people attending includes Chris Cassidy, the National Business Renewable Energy Advisor for USDA National Office in Washington, D.C.; Robin Pollard, Executive Director of the Washington Wine Commission; and Kent Waliser, Chairman of the Washington Wine Commission. The gang from Hire Electric will also be on hand to answer questions and bask in the sunshine.
You’re all invited. Hope to see you there!
To see how much power Badger Mountain’s solar array is producing click here.
This event went really well. Tom Osborn from the BPA showed up with his camera, several people from USDA were there, folks from Benton PUD came by as well as many others. Greg Martin from Northwest Ag Information Network of Kennewick, WA did a radio spot on Greg Powers and Robin Pollard. A TV crew from KNDU was also on hand.
Interview with Jonathan Lewis about the installation: http://www.aginfo.net/index.cfm/event/report/id/Line-on-Agriculture-20131
For three years Hire Electric worked with Badger Mountain Winery in Kennewick, WA to secure a REAP grant. Finally, on the third attempt the USDA granted the winery 25% of the system cost. Along with the 30% federal tax credit and Washington State’s $.15/kWH performance incentive, solar became a very attractive financial move for the winery.
The Powers family has been growing organic grapes and making sulfite free wine since 1988. Harvesting the sun to do great things comes naturally at Badger Mountain Winery.
- Solar – 162 – Sanyo HIT-N225Ao1 Modules
- Inverter – 162 – Enphase M210 Micro Inverters
- Monitoring – Enlighten Web Based (Click to see the winery’s production)
- Winery Website – http://www.badgermtnvineyard.com/