Solar Panels & Sustainability on Sheldrake Point

Solar energy is heating up in the Finger Lakes. Innovation Trail, a public media collaboration that reports on economy, technology, and innovation in upstate New York, recently published a video clip (below) about our wine industry neighbors adding solar panels to their infrastructure.

It is especially gratifying for us at Sheldrake Point to see more of our colleagues join us in pursuing clean energy options. Yes, join us! We put up our solar panels in 2004!

sheldrake point winery solar panels

The Sheldrake Point Winery solar panels are set atop our production facility, soaking up the generous sunshine that comes with a southern exposure.

Solar is hot

Many Finger Lakes wineries are adding solar panels to their sustainability plans. The Sheldrake Point Winery solar panels are set atop our production facility, soaking up the generous sunshine that comes with a southern exposure.

The system is set up to pump all the electricity generated back into the grid, offsetting the wattage used by the winery. By doing so, we are also helping to offset the amount of CO2 that is produced from traditional electricity production methods.

Local vineyards, like ours on Sheldrake Point, are naturally located on cleared land, with wide open sky above so that the vines can soak up the sunshine and rain without obstruction. So you see, solar panels are really a no-brainer for wineries, and we’re glad to see this become a more utilized source of energy in the region.

Sustainability is cool

Mother Nature provides the resources that allow us to make award-winning Finger Lakes wine, so we do our part to reuse and recycle whenever possible. This includes:

  • Standard recycling practices for paper, cardboard, and corks from the tasting room;
  • Maintaining compost buckets of staff lunch scraps;
  • Selling retired barrels;
  • Bringing compostable sample cups to tasting events;
  • And even finding a way for a felled oak tree to live on. (Read about that here.)

Our solar panels have been in service on the production facility a long time, and we toast our friends and neighbors who are setting a great example of sustainable practices in the Finger Lakes wine industry.

A Finger Lakes native, Kyle brings longtime Finger Lakes winery experience to Sheldrake Point. After over five years combined at both Fox Run Vineyards and the Seneca Lake Winery Association, Kyle joined Sheldrake Point in March, 2016. She has earned degrees in Hospitality Management and Interior Design, as well as her Sommelier Certification via the Court of Master Sommeliers, and holds the WSET 2 Certificate. She is a founding board member of the Finger Lakes Chapter of Women for WineSense, and teaches wine education classes at the New York Wine and Culinary Center.