Beringer Vineyards Solar Photovoltaic System

Location: Napa Valley, Calif.

Client: Q10 Churchill Financial

Completion Date: 2008

Q10 Churchill Financial coordinated the financing for a 1.15-MW solar photovoltaic system at the Foster's Group Beringer Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif., in Napa Valley. Q10 Churchill Financial retained Burns & McDonnell as its engineer to provide an independent assessment of the design, construction and construction progress of this project.

  • Bank's engineer
  • Design and technology analysis
  • Constructability review
  • Output analysis

The 1.15-MW solar photovoltaic system at Beringer Vineyards will occupy the roofs of three buildings and include three separate systems. The first system is 614-kW and will sit on the roof of the cellar building and on a portion of the barrel building. The second system is 198-kW and will sit on the remaining rooftop of the barrel building. The third system is 337-kV and will sit on the roof of the warehouse building. 

Beringer Vineyards is one of the most well-known and largest wineries in the Napa Valley region. It produces more than 3.5 million cases of wine annually and is the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was placed on the National Register for Historic Places as a historic district. Winemaker Laurie Hook and Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia work together to make the fine wines produced by Beringer.