By Kate Statton

Google announced in 2011 a $280 million dollar deal with SolarCity, a solar paneling company that will build and lease solar power systems to between 7,000 and 9,000 homeowners, according to Reuters.  This is Google’s largest investment yet and sends a major message about its trust in clean, renewable energy.

While this is major economic news, it isn’t news to many wineries who were years ahead of the pack using solar panels as a way to reduce their carbon footprint. With wineries from California to New Zealand making use of solar paneling, similar to those made by SolarCity, it was about time Google jumped on the bandwagon!% Green Living Guru%Electric Care Expert

Check out our short list of wineries using solar energy and their wines. Be sure to let us know what you think of wineries using solar power below!% Green Living Guru%Electric Care Expert

Long Meadow Ranch Winery

Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena, CA, does more than just wine. With products ranging from fruits and vegetables to eggs and olive oil, wine is just one of their many outputs. The 650-acre farm is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Solar paneling provides for 100% of their energy use.

Frog’s Leap Winery

As of 2005, Frog’s Leap Winery, in Rutherford, CA is also 100% solar paneled. Using 1020 panels on ½ an acre of land, the winery builds up enough solar energy to provide for the vineyards with excess. Interestingly, that excess is sold back to the power companies, making Frog’s Leap Winery more than just a winery but also an energy provider.

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